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Ubuntu forums hacked!!
« on: July 21, 2013, 06:47:58 AM »
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Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database.
The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP.
Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach.

FYI  http://ubuntuforums.org/announce.html
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Re: Ubuntu forums hacked!!
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2013, 07:43:25 PM »
Thanks for sharing. I'm not affected as I use a different username and password and email for every single forum I participate on, but this is surely to help those that use these forums.
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Re: Ubuntu forums hacked!!
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2013, 03:50:18 AM »
Thanks for sharing. I'm not affected as I use a different username and password and email for every single forum I participate on, but this is surely to help those that use these forums.

I can understand using different username and password for every single forum but how do you use different email address for all forums you sign up?  you use gmail free accounts or simply different ids on your own domain?
If you have a lot of activities on different forums those will be a lot of emails , Can you give me some tips?

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Re: Ubuntu forums hacked!!
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2013, 06:45:00 AM »
I can understand using different username and password for every single forum but how do you use different email address for all forums you sign up?  you use gmail free accounts or simply different ids on your own domain?
If you have a lot of activities on different forums those will be a lot of emails , Can you give me some tips?

Not my "Real" email on another webmaster forum, but it goes a little something like thiswebsite.com.randomstring.dateregistered@myemaildomain.com. In addition, I don't know any of my passwords. I have a tool that automatically fills in my passwords with a random string that sets them at over 40-60 characters long. Resetting my passwords are easy.

Also, I don't actually have any of these emails, they're just forwarders to a dedicated inbox. I can keep track of who is selling my emails, and who's forums are compromised / hacked when they're not selling my emails. (Spammers really like to gain access to forums for email databases)

On another note, let's say I have the email webhostingtalk.com.y4389gg24g.2013.07.24@myemaildomain.com. Because this email doesn't exist, that means nobody can access it. The longest emails are stored on it are less than 0.001 seconds because they're forwarded, so nobody can read those emails. Once they're forwarded, they get re-forwarded to another inbox. The last inbox doesn't make replies, so nobody will actually see this email. The inbox before that is what makes the replies, but no emails are stored on it and the "Sent" folder is stored in the email behind it.

It's a bit confusing to someone else I guess, but it works for me pretty well. Emails after 2 years I believe are considered public domain, and I wouldn't want that to happen to my emails. I'm very protective.
« Last Edit: July 24, 2013, 06:48:52 AM by Lawrence »
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