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Yahoo reports data breach for 450,000

Yahoo confirmed Thursday that hackers broke into the company’s network and stole the login information of about 450,000 individuals who use Yahoo and other popular Internet e-mail services, including Google Inc.’s Gmail, AOL, Verizon.net, and MSN.

The hacker group, which calls itself D33D, broke into a list of the e-mail addresses and passwords of people signed up for the Yahoo Contributor Network, a place for budding writers, photographers, and videographers to publish their work on the Internet. Because users can opt to use an outside e-mail address to join the network, the stolen information included user names and passwords for accounts on a number of e-mail services.

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