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

#2
Lazzer408
Can someone fix my account. I can't do a pw recovery. I'm not getting the email.
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#3
t77snapshot
AlienIsGOD said:
i got the same thing and closed Chrome
I use Chrome, but got no such pop up. I just browsed the forum as a guest, found this thread and manually reset my password.:toast:

Hackers of Thanksgiving?? makes me sick, bastards.:shadedshu


edit: Hope I dont start getting spam in my emails..:fear:
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#4
Lazzer408
t77snapshot said:
I use Chrome, but got no such pop up. I just browsed the forum as a guest, found this thread and manually reset my password.:toast:

Hackers of Thanksgiving?? makes me sick, bastards.:shadedshu


edit: I better not start getting spam in my emails..:fear:
People who use gluttonous consumption to celebrate the slaughter of humans makes me sick.

TPU hackers are a close second. :D

Hey erocker, when you get a chance can you verify the email address for lazzer408? Hurry up or I'm going to drive up there and throw turkey legs at you. :p
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#5
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Lazzer2012 said:
Hey erocker, when you get a chance can you verify the email address for lazzer408? Hurry up or I'm going to drive up there and throw turkey legs at you. :p
Until this is fixed, you're effectively "banned", aren't you. How frustrating, you poor sap, lol.
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#6
Lionheart 2nd
I'm also having issues, I reset my PW & everything then I check my email it says my Username is Nightwolf83 when its suppose to be Lionheart No idea what that is about but I do get sent a new password & try it out then change it to my liking, only works with when I use Nightwolf83 username but then I get this



:banghead::banghead:

Created a new account just to post:ohwell:
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#7
t77snapshot
Lazzer2012 said:
People who use gluttonous consumption to celebrate the slaughter of humans makes me sick.
Woah relax mate, I honestly only like thanksgiving to see my brothers and extended family.:cool:

okay sorry, back to the topic!
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#9
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
I had some trouble resetting my password, because it didn't like the answers to the ridiculously easy challenge questions.

First one was what is the colour of snow? I answered white and it didn't like it. I then refreshed it and got asked what's the first letter of techpowerup. I answered t, but it didn't like it, nor T either. Third time it worked - and I can't remember what that question was, lol.
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#10
t77snapshot
qubit said:
I had some trouble resetting my password, because it didn't like the answers to the ridiculously easy challenge questions.

First one was what is the colour of snow? I answered white and it didn't like it. I then refreshed it and got asked what's the first letter of techpowerup. I answered t, but it didn't like it, nor T either. Third time it worked - and I can't remember what that question was, lol.
I got the question "what's the last letter of techpowerup", I answered p and it worked fine. Hmmmmmmm weird.
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#11
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Mine was "What is the color of milk"...
I took a wild guess and got it right:)
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#12
segalaw19800
:roll:
Lazzer2012 said:
People who use gluttonous consumption to celebrate the slaughter of humans makes me sick.

TPU hackers are a close second. :D

Hey erocker, when you get a chance can you verify the email address for lazzer408? Hurry up or I'm going to drive up there and throw turkey legs at you. :p
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#13
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
qubit said:
I had some trouble resetting my password, because it didn't like the answers to the ridiculously easy challenge questions.

First one was what is the colour of snow? I answered white and it didn't like it. I then refreshed it and got asked what's the first letter of techpowerup. I answered t, but it didn't like it, nor T either. Third time it worked - and I can't remember what that question was, lol.
Wow ... those are tough, Q.
Luckily it just asked me for the HLSL code for real time, multiple light source shadows on semi-transparent objects, which is a no-brainer.
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#14
Loosenut
I stupidly forgot or was too lazy to change my email info on the forums here so it was a little longer for me to fix but thanks to how quickly W1zzard answered my email to correct the matter, I'm back! :rockout:

Thanks again W1zzard for the amazingly quick response!! :respect:
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#15
Novulux
The only other account that may have had the same password is my Origin account. Honestly not worth the effort to change...
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#16
Doc41
Kreij said:
Wow ... those are tough, Q.
Luckily it just asked me for the HLSL code for real time, multiple light source shadows on semi-transparent objects, which is a no-brainer.
:wtf:
i got asked what is the best search engine and it was okay with "google",
anyway i see that it was serious for some people like Lazzer and Lionheart as they can't access their account, is the email pw ok or should we change that too?
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#17
Protagonist
HossHuge said:
F**king Asshole....:mad:
That:toast:

Plus a big dummy,:mad:
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#18
Assimilator
Would like some more detail on how the hack was carried out. Was it via a vBulletin vulnerability, if not, what?
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#19
human_error
Sorry to hear about the hack, at least you found out and let us know quickly :)

Good to hear the passwords were hashed and salted - even if they do bother to brute force it with GPGPU it will take longer than if you'd stored 'em in a good old fashioned plain text file *glares at sony*.
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#20
johnspack
Heh, tried to logon earlier and couldn't... didn't bother reading anything so I freaked a bit, created a whole new account using my folding nick CamelJock, logged on and then saw the info.. I must learn to read!
Edit: Wizz and co, rule!
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#21
the54thvoid
Lionheart 2nd said:
I'm also having issues, I reset my PW & everything then I check my email it says my Username is Nightwolf83 when its suppose to be Lionheart No idea what that is about but I do get sent a new password & try it out then change it to my liking, only works with when I use Nightwolf83 username but then I get this

http://img.techpowerup.org/121122/WTF979.jpg

:banghead::banghead:

Created a new account just to post:ohwell:
I'd PM W1zzard dude. Your account sounds 'compromised'.
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#22
TheMailMan78
Big Member
btarunr said:
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.
Nice catch boss!
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#23
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Screw the hackers ... this is TPU ... we don't give in, we don't give up and we never surrender.
This is for W1zz, the entire staff and all the active members who make TPU the best place to be on the internet.

Crank it up and let's rock ....

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Okay, back to helping you all after that short, inspiring intermission. :)
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#24
Morgoth-2
can anny moderator plz change the password on my orginal account morgoth?
stupid recovery system doest worK!
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#25
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Morgoth-2 said:
can anny moderator plz change the password on my orginal account morgoth?
stupid recovery system doest worK!
Worked for me...
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