Addressing the recent user account hack scare

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  1. Costello
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    Dear GBAtemp members and visitors,

    It has come to our attention that over the past two days, a person has somehow been able to access a few user accounts on our forums. Shortly after, rumors started blossoming regarding a possible site/forum/database hack or a password leak. After an extensive search into server logs and lookup tools we have no reason to believe that any part of our site has been compromised.

    At this point, as several people have suggested already, we believe that the reason this intrusion happened is because another site (an illegal ROM/ISO download site) was recently hacked and the password database was exposed to the public. Since a portion of our members was also registered on that site, possibly using the same password, this could explain the recent scare.

    Even though we have no reason to believe our site has been compromised, we have taken a series of measures to reinforce account security on GBAtemp. Firstly, we have reviewed security on the server and all components of our site to make sure everything is up to date and secure. Some components of the forum software have been updated and following this update, one or two add-ons have ceased functioning. If you see anything that isn't working as expected, please use our Site discussions and suggestions forum to report the issue.

    At this point, we recommend all our members to change their password and enable two-factor authentication. We are sending out e-mails to all our members to inform them of this situation and to recommend them to change their password. We strongly recommend using a unique and complex password, not just here but on every site you are registered to.

    If you have any information that may help us get a better grasp on the situation, please get in touch with a member of the staff. Thank you for your understanding!

    The staff
     
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  2. Sonic Angel Knight

    Member Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Guru

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    Thank you sir for the notice and handling things and i appreciate the information and hard work you have displayed. Also sorry for the crisis in the first place and wish it wouldn't happen again. :)
     
  3. Alex4U

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    Why hackers would do things like this? :(
    Also, thanks for the notice, i was soo spooked.
     
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  4. Dayfid

    Member Dayfid GBAtemp Regular

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    Thanks for taking care of the problem. :)
     
  5. Boured

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    Hopefully it gets better, and hopefully we can recover and people like Aurora Wright can recover from it.
     
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    Member Crystal the Glaceon GBATemp's Official Waifu™ Furry trash

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    I am more worried about Aurora Wright and her project. Please do something for her account!
     
  7. LittleFlame

    Member LittleFlame Thinks he's better than all of you

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    thanks for shutting this baloney down
     
  8. ThisIsDaAccount

    Member ThisIsDaAccount GBAtemp Fan

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    Thank you for everything, but sadly it appears that AuroraWright's account and her luma3ds page are still defaced. Any chance to restore them? The repo is obviously down until she puts it back up herself, but it would probably be for the best to restore her avatar and remove the video from the luma3ds OP.
     
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    Member proflayton123 just another user

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    Maybe it was the ninty ninjas getting revenge, probably.
     
  10. Modder

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    Thanks for explaining, I feel a lot better about the situation now.
     
  11. Seriel

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    Mods can you please suspend the affected accounts until the original owners come online and prove their identity please.
     
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    Member Edgedancer Director of Moon based operations

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    Thanks for the prompt and upfront response Costello!
     
  13. Tomato Hentai

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    Thank you so much for enabling 2FA.

    back into hiding i go now lmao
     
  14. grossaffe

    Member grossaffe GBAtemp Addict

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    If Nintendo's Ninjas had struck, the only evidence would be the fact that some people had vanished without a trace.
     
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    FYI, If I do anything unusual soon, I'm not hacked. I just took a couple hits of LSD and NBOMe.
     
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    Member proflayton123 just another user

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    Its interesting about auoras github tho
     
  17. Aqib Ali

    Member Aqib Ali GBAtemp Addict

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    Maybe the people with compromised accounts should have their original account banned and can have a new one?
     
  18. Sonic Angel Knight

    Member Sonic Angel Knight GBAtemp Guru

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    I know this isn't about the hijacking account but i noticed this problem after returning, so just pointing it out.
    My tool bar keeps getting shortened when i load pages, is random and hard to check my notifications. The links also keep getting compressed into a drop box.

    Chrome_20170112_025451.png
     
  19. osaka35

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    thanks for the heads-up and the update, it's appreciated
     
  20. ihaveamac

    Member ihaveamac GBAtemp Guru

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    this is happening to me too after the maintenance.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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