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Rash of website hackings
« on: July 24, 2013, 06:49:03 PM »
It has come to my attention that this past Saturday, 20 July 2013, a number of websites, using differing BBSes, were attacked and the userbase databases stolen. I am only aware of ubuntuforums.org and simplemachines.org thus far, but I dn't really travel far.

My suggestion: change any and all passwords you use on any emai accounts and websites, especially on those that share the same password. I've changed mine here, and I've got my email accounts locked down, but that doesn't guarantee anything. We'd know by now if GU was hit, but it can't hurt to include this site in your sweep.
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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2013, 08:25:25 PM »
Wow, good to know. Do you know if it was a hackivist group?
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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013, 11:52:18 PM »
I made that post on the way out the door heading to work, so I didn't have the time to really look into it. I'll post info as I get it.
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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2013, 10:58:14 AM »
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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2013, 12:35:45 AM »
I would hope that SMF stores the passwords as hashes, rather than plain text. If not, you might want to change forum software...
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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2013, 08:54:17 PM »
GU has over 5000 members..most will never see this warning.
Maybe E-mail them?

I made a weak(compared to my important ones) password for GU and other sites I don't care as much if I get hacked.

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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2013, 02:25:05 PM »
I would hope that SMF stores the passwords as hashes, rather than plain text. If not, you might want to change forum software...

I agree. This will make hacking harder.
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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2013, 06:21:47 AM »
No respectable (i.e. used) BBS stores passwords as plain text.
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Re: Rash of website hackings
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2013, 03:20:39 PM »
There was a string of hacks through VBulletin boards as well... Some exploit and those claiming to be part of the 'Syrian Electronic Army'.

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