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Yahoo! says that it may have been affected by a data breach that occurred between 2015 and 2016, but has not offered any indication of the number of users who may be affected.

The company made two disclosures last year — one in September and one in December — of massive data breaches.

The leak disclosed in September involved about 500 million user credentials and took place in late 2014. The December disclosure concerned account details of a billion users and occurred in August 2013.

On Wednesday US time, the company said in a statement that the breach had come to light during an investigation into the billion-account breach it had announced in December.

It laid the blame on what it described as a "state-sponsored actor", the same party it blamed for the other two breaches.

The two breaches reported last year have caused a delay in the finalisation of the sale of some of Yahoo!'s assets to Verizon.

A message sent to Yahoo! users on Wednesday read: "Based on the ongoing investigation, we believe a forged cookie may have been used in 2015 or 2016 to access your account."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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