Ubuntu Forums Hacked

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  1. Rydian
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    Canonical (creator and distributor of the worldly-popular Ubuntu Linux distro) had the official Ubuntu forums hacked about four days ago. Now that it's been confirmed that the user database (usernames, e-mails, password hashes) was copied, Canonical has sent out e-mails alerting people to change their password on any sites that use the same one, (which may mean they weren't salting the hashes very well).

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  2. lismati

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    Yes.
    Salting the hashes isn't such a good anti-decryption technique. Cracker with a good rig can easly overcome salting. Needless to say, changing your password should be imminent.
     
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    Unless you know the salt, you won't get their actual password out of out.
     
  4. RupeeClock

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    What's all this talk about salted crackers? I like crackers, yummy.

    But really, compromised accounts suck, the number of times I've had to change my passwords because of various incidents.
     
  5. DrOctapu

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    Hell.
    Maybe if the salt is a plaintext word or something, otherwise you're talking out of your ass.
     
  6. shakirmoledina

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    maybe they were... they are just trying to be safe
     
  7. PityOnU

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    I'm not sure you understand what "salting" is supposed to stop.

    Anyway, cheers to all of the dicks out there using "password", "123456", or "asdfghjk" as their password. Totally screws everyone over in situations like this.
     
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    Every website could be compromised.
    It's just a matter of time and popularity when it'll get hacked.

    None the less, as said before, changing passwords would be a good idea.