Alarming Security Breach: Forums Database Breached


On December 16: A major security issue was reported concerning a data base The incident was immediately investigated to ascertain the origin, scope and nature. What do we know?

  • A backup was created for newly accessed information on April 2016 and contained data about 16,500 forum members.
  • The Leaked information includes

    • MessagesPublic and private.
    • IP addresses
    • Username Email addresses
    • Information about your profile
    • encrypted passwords

      • 13k Bcrypt Hashes (salted).
      • ~1.5k WordPress Hashes (salted).
      • 2k accounts have no passwords (federated login was used).

  • The Attacker revealed that they are the same person or persons who Recently, hackers Bo Shen.
  • The Attacker used social engineering to gain access to other accounts by using a mobile phone number. One account had access to the backup copy of the old forum database.

We These are the steps to follow:

  • Forum Users whose data has been compromised due to the leak will be emailed with additional information.
  • We The leakage points were closed.
  • We They enforce stricter security guidelines within the company, including removing recovery telephone numbers from accounts and using encryption to protect sensitive data.
  • We are providing the email addresses which we believe were leaked https://haveibeenpwned.comA service that facilitates communication with users affected.
  • We All forum passwords will be reset immediately

If If you were a victim of the attack, the following recommendations are for you:

  • Make You must ensure that passwords are not re-used between services. If You have used your login password elsewhere. Please change it there.

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We We are deeply sorry about this incident. We are working diligently with external partners as well as internally to fix it.

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