Ubuntu Forums security breach

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Sun Jul 21 06:22:15 UTC 2013


Hi all: For those of you who are not yet aware of it, the user list of
the Ubuntu Forums has been breached, exposing user names, e-mail
addresses and passwords.

If you are using the same password from Ubuntu Forums on other services
(such as Launchpad or UbuntuOne) you should change those other passwords
immediately.

Launchpad and UbuntuOne services are not affected by this breach, unless
you're using the Ubuntu Forum password on those services.

Here's the announcement currently posted on
http://ubuntuforums.org/announce.html

> 
> Ubuntu Forums is down for maintenance
> 
> There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums. The Canonical
> IS team is working hard as we speak to restore normal operations.
> This page will be updated regularly with progress reports. What we
> know
> 
> Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user's local username,
> password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database. The
> passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using
> the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such
> as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the
> other service ASAP. Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical
> services are NOT affected by the breach.
> 
> Progress report
> 
> 2013-07-20 2011UTC: Reports of defacement 
> 2013-07-20 2015UTC: Site taken down, this splash page put in
> place while investigation continues.
> 
> If you're using Ubuntu and need technical support please see the
> following page for support:
> 
> Finding Help.
> http://community.ubuntu.com/help-information/finding-help/support
> 
> If you're looking for a place to discuss Ubuntu, in the meantime we
> encourage you to check out these sites:
> 
> The Ubuntu subreddit http://reddit.com/r/ubuntu 
> The Ubuntu Community on Google+
>   https://plus.google.com/communities/107299007624972266094
> Ubuntu Discourse http://ubuntu-discourse.org/
> 

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