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After Being Hacked, Canonical Warns Ubuntu Forum Users To Change Passwords Immediately

   
1:00 pm on Jul 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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E-mail addresses, user names, and password data for every registered user of the Ubuntu Forums—estimated to be 1.82 million accounts—were exposed in a security breach hitting the company responsible for maintaining the freely available, open-source operating system. There's no sign the compromised data has been published online.

The Ubuntu Forums were closed Saturday evening, following the discovery that the site's homepage was defaced by someone who managed to gain privileged access to its underlying servers. To their credit, administrators with Canonical, the for-profit company that markets Ubuntu, quickly issued an advisory that warned users who used their forum password to safeguard other accounts to change the credentials immediately.After Being Hacked, Canonical Warns Ubuntu Forum Users To Change Passwords Immediately [arstechnica.com]
"While the passwords were not stored in plain text, good practice dictates that users should assume the passwords have been accessed and change them," Ubuntu CEO Jane Silber wrote in an updated advisory. "If users used the same password on other services, they should immediately change that password."
4:21 pm on Jul 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hopefully none of the 1.82 million account holders used the same login and password elsewhere or used these email addresses for anything but that forum, that's where the real damage can happen.

This type of breach is exactly why I am not a fan of Google's 'link everything and use real personal info and names' etc, it's dangerous.
5:28 pm on Jul 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Good point, JS_Harris. Varying passwords is a good practice.
10:43 pm on Jul 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Wonder what the motives for hacking them are, other than teaching them a lesson for having an insecure website?

Passwords are such a hassle nowadays.
7:28 am on Jul 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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As the site is offline still those of you with accounts will have to wait until they fix things.

This was just a forums hack. What were they using for their forums?
10:16 am on Jul 23, 2013 (gmt 0)

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According to archive.org on March 4th it was VB. That said I know when phpBB.com got hacked a few years back they didn't breach the forum software but third party software that was also installed.
1:46 am on Jul 24, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I dug around a bit too. It looks like they were running vB 4.2.0 and 1.8 million accounts were compromised?! That's a huge install and it's no wonder they're taking their time to get everything back online.
8:26 am on Jul 31, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It looks like they finally opened their forums again after a long time offline.