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Yahoo Identifies Effort to Break Into Users’ Accounts

Yahoo! Inc., the biggest U.S. Web portal, said it recently identified an effort to break into some users’ Yahoo Mail e-mail accounts.

The list of names and passwords used in the attack was probably taken from a third-party database, Yahoo said yesterday in a blog post. The company said it acted immediately to protect users by prompting holders of affected accounts to reset their passwords and that it’s working with federal law enforcement agencies to find out who was responsible.