Hackers Attacked Android Forums WebsiteAdded: Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
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The recent attack of Android Forums has exposed details of over 1,000,000 members. According to the official statement of Android fansite Phandroid, its website had been hacked last week, which resulted in exposure of sensitive details of 1,034,235 members.
The information that had leaked includes usernames, passwords (fortunately, those were hashed), e-mail addresses, registration IP addresses and a lot more interesting things related to the forum. The operators of the website admitted the fact of a breach and were quick to publish a post titled “Important Notice – Security Breach”, where Android Forums admin “Phases” explained that the hacker attack which resulted in data leak appeared a bog standard one exploiting a known vulnerability.
After the attack, the targeted server was checked for dodgy code. The administration of the website also promised to harden it against similar attacks. If you are the member of the website, you are strongly recommended to follow the operators’ advice and change your passwords. In case you use the same e-mail address and password combination somewhere else, it is better to change it there too.
Meanwhile, it seems that no other website in the network has been accessed by the hacker team. No hacktivists activity has thus far taken responsibility for the attack and nobody explained what they needed the gathered data for. The operators of the targeted website hope that it was an e-mail harvesting attempt, and the intruders were just looking for e-mail addresses to spam at a later time. This sounds reasonable, because it is hard to imagine who would need over a million of details of Andriod Forums members and what for.
July 18th,2012Posted by:
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
|What is amazing is that they claimed to know about the security vulnerability and did nothing to shore up the defences prior to 1m clients data going down the swanee,in my book such a site should not be joined in the first place since they obviously do not have the interest of their clients as of paramount importance to begin with,its no good plugging the leak after the fact.|
|much the same as people using Backtrack to hack facebook accounts and getting 1/2 a million account details in 20 minutes and 1 Russian guy in New Zealand was selling account details off to marketing companies,so expect email spam for viagera and other such items in your inbox people|
|posted by (2012-07-19 23:47:05)|
|This is exactly the reason why I use a different password on anything that is not secured.. Such as forums and torrent sites. I also have to keep a file with all my usernames and passwords because I end up forgetting, but once you have it covered, it is well worth the peace of mind.|
Great read Sam, thanks.
|Most security analysts recommend a 3 stage approach to security by having 3 email addresses:1 for social networking,2 for family and friends and a 3rd for bills and on-line services such as banking,very few people seem to take notice and when somebody takes over a million peoples email addresses from a social media site such as facebook they wonder why they receive spam in their mail box or in some cases find that they have requests for verification of bank account numbers and sort codes from emails supposedly from their bank.As the old saying goes never put all your eggs in one basket,lest you give away the keys to your kingdom.||
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