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Your Yahoo account has probably been hacked

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BY ALYSSA NEWCOMB, NBC News

(NBC News) - This is nothing to say "Yahoo" about.

Yahoo is reportedly set to confirm a widespread hack that first came to light last month when a notorious hacker claimed to have information from as many as 200 million Yahoo account users.

The internet company, which is currently in the process of being acquired by Verizon, is expected to confirm the breach sometime this week, according to Recode.

Among the items said to be included in the breach are usernames, hashed passwords, dates of birth and recover emails, tech site Motherboard reported last month. The notorious hacker behind the dump, who goes by the ironic name "Peace" said the data was from "2012 most likely."

Yahoo did not immediately respond to NBC News' request for comment. However, last month a company spokesman neither confirmed nor denied the alleged hack, telling NBC News in a statement, "We are aware of a claim. We are committed to protecting the security of our users' information and we take any such claim very seriously."

Yahoo also said the company urges users to create strong, unique passwords but also points them to Account Key. The service replaces passwords by sending an alert to a user's phone requesting access anytime they try to log in by entering their email address.

It was announced in July Verizon had reached an agreement to purchase Yahoo for $4.83 billion, strengthening the mobile carrier's internet business and giving it access to Yahoo's trove of advertising tools. 

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