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Yahoo security breach puts users of other sites at risk

Yahoo Inc. has reported the theft of some 400,000 user names and passwords to access websites including its own, saying that hackers had taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems, Reuters has reported. Security firm Rapid7 said a data file published on the web contained logins and clear text passwords for Yahoo, as well as several other internet services, including Google Inc.'s Gmail and AOL as well as Microsoft Corp's Hotmail, MSN and Live sites. "It's way bigger than Yahoo," said Rapid7 researcher Marcus Carey. "We can assume that tens of thousands of people on services outside of Yahoo could be compromised."