Good news ! Hackbusters community is waiting for you !  https://discuss.hackbusters.com
KnowBe4 has been running the HackBusters site for a few years now, providing you with trending IT security news. We are expanding it and have launched a new exciting online community! The forum is divided into four main topics or categories: Social Engineering, Ransomware, Phishing and Security Awareness Training. You are invited to be one of the first to join us at: https://discuss.hackbusters.com.

Disqus confirms 2012 hack of its comments tool

Disqus-2
(Image: file photo)

Disqus has confirmed its web commenting system was hacked.

The company, which builds and provides a web-based comment plugin for news websites, said late Friday that hackers stole more than 17.5 million records in a data breach in July 2012.

About a third of those accounts contained passwords, salted and hashed using the weak SHA-1 algorithm, which has largely been deprecated in recent years in favor of stronger password scramblers.

Many of the accounts don't have passwords because they signed up to the commenting tool using a third-party service, like Facebook or Google.

The theft was only discovered this week after the database was sent to Troy Hunt, who runs data breach notification service Have I Been Pwned, who then informed Disqus of the breach.

The company said in a blog post, posted less than a day after Hunt's private disclosure, that although there was no evidence of unauthorized logins, users whose passwords were exposed will receive an email...(continued)

View All Trending Stories