Thursday, November 22nd 2012

Please Reset Your TechPowerUp Forums Password

Earlier today (22/11), TechPowerUp servers were hacked. The attacker gained access to the forums user database, the one which stores user information. Details such as usernames, hashed and salted passwords fell into the wrong hands. Thanks to GPGPU, the passwords are as good as compromised. We have undertaken a security review, and are mandating a password change for all users. Your old password will not work, click on "forgot password" link and follow the instructions to reset it. If you use the same password (as your old TPU password) elsewhere (other sites), change it to something completely different. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and promise to improve our security infrastructure.

If you no longer have access to the email account you used to register, please email w1zzard@techpowerup.com and mention your username, old e-mail, new e-mail and IP address you typically use to post on the forums.
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221 Comments on Please Reset Your TechPowerUp Forums Password

#1
mtosev
by: manofthem
I just got a pop up here at TPU telling me I needed to enter my username/password and like an idiot I did. It continued asking me for it, so I didn't enter it again. Anyone get that? I don't think this hack is done.
and i didn't type it in:D
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#2
Shihabyooo
And they keep asking me why I hate hackers.. (the offensive ones).

Now, I wonder what was my old password.. I had the site set to auto-login, so I haven't got a clue >_>
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#3
Drone
shit happens ...
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#4
_JP_
I'm guessing the hackers thought W1zzard had hid the location to his stash of hookers and blow on the forums.
Then proceeded to inject code for banners in order for it to look like a common attack.
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#5
Sasqui
After some stumbling and that login dialog box popping up, I'm back in with a reset. Bastards.
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#6
Jstn7477
I went through the password reset procedure and by the time I clicked on the link to reset the password, I was greeted with a password prompt for "Forum Admin Area" even on the main domain. Waited a few minutes and the prompt disappeared.
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#7
Crap Daddy
by: manofthem
I just got a pop up here at TPU telling me I needed to enter my username/password and like an idiot I did. It continued asking me for it, so I didn't enter it again. Anyone get that? I don't think this hack is done.
Yep, I did the same. Anyway I just changed the password so I hope everything's well.
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#8
KainXS
wanted to get new password back and checked my email and someone was trying to get in multiple times and could not which caused it to go into lockdown mode, took a while to get in it.

annoyin dumbass hackers
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#9
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Silly hackers now w1z is going to hunt them down and beat them to death with their own pc.
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#10
Crap Daddy
by: cdawall
Silly hackers now w1z is going to hunt them down and beat them to death with their own pc.
Stuff some vid cards down their necks!

Just in case I also changed my email password.
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#11
Zackotsu
this sucks..but thanks for the heads up..
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#12
ChristTheGreat
I am sure is it SETI team, cause we were in advance, wanted us to focus on hack instead of Crunching :D

(Joking if SETI team is looking :) )
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#13
tacosRcool
I wonder why anybody would want to hack TPU?
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#14
trickson
OH, I have such a headache
Hackers are the sex offenders of the computer world and need to be KILLED!
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#15
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
This really sucks that our community was hacked:(
Thanks to those in power for the quick action and for disabeling passwords:toast:
Now I am trying to remember if the password I used here is being used for anything else......
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#16
dzero
This is terrible. I admittedly don't frequent the site as much as I would like but I still took the time to change my password.
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#17
KainXS
by: tacosRcool
I wonder why anybody would want to hack TPU?
sometimes to get access to some origin and steam accounts retards hack sites like TPU because some of us have the same steam names as our account names and sometimes they get lucky because some people will have the same passwords as the forum also meaning they get to steal your steam account and they resell these accounts on sites on cracking sites like crackers and goldenjoint, if you bag about 100 accounts sell them before the owner takes them back you can make a ton of money, they also try to get the emails and change the passes on them and then sell those also.

they're just dirty idiots and need to vanish.
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#18
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
The hacker's motive was basically to get into vBulletin admincp, and plant Google Adsense ad-frames that earn him money. While those ads lasted, he may have made a few coins.
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#19
AphexDreamer
Wizzard must have made some enemies in college.
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#20
KainXS
so did you find that in there bta
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#21
mtosev
by: btarunr
The hacker's motive was basically to get into vBulletin admincp, and plant Google Adsense ad-frames that earn him money. While those ads lasted, he may have made a few coins.
smart hacker:laugh:
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#22
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
We're implementing bank-grade security as we speak.
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#23
Batou1986
I was just thinking I should change my passwords, now I have a reason too.
Kudos for being pro active about the situation.
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#24
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Yeah, Sony and NVIDIA taught us how not to speak to our readers about the situation.
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#25
Norton
WCG-TPU Team Captain
Did they just get to the user/password data or did they get access to the PM system too???

Those hackers should be getting what Zed and Maynard got from Ving Rhames in Pulp Fiction.... an opportunity to spend some time with "a couple of pipe hittin' brothers with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch" :shadedshu
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