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* IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ BELOW *

Postby GloryQuestor » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:15 pm

In the past few days, We have been made aware that the site has been hacked. While the database is intact, we do know that the hackers gained access to members' password information and it is possible that all of the passwords may have been compromised. Our crack team of site code monkeys has reviewed the code and changed it to make sure that it isn't exploited in the way it was, and that password information is no longer compromised.

Because of this issue, however, we will be forcing a reset of all users' passwords effective immediately, and we encourage you to change them for your protection. Also, to those that donated to the site and might be worried, our site does not store PayPal account information, so you do not need to take any action in that regard. In the meantime, our coding team will continue working to implement additional precautionary measures to prevent similar attacks in the future.

If you have any questions about the above, please direct them to either GloryQuestor or Kariudo, who will be happy to answer any concerns you might have regarding this issue.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled AnimeMusicVideos.Org, already in progress.
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Re: * IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ BELOW *

Postby EvaFan » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:52 am

I wonder what a hacker could hope to get from hacking this site that is of value.... or why it would be a target in the first place. Maybe for a mailing list or something?
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Re: * IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ BELOW *

Postby BasharOfTheAges » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:58 am

EvaFan wrote:I wonder what a hacker could hope to get from hacking this site that is of value.... or why it would be a target in the first place. Maybe for a mailing list or something?

Getting a list of usernames and passwords to then use on merchant websites and webmail providers so they can attempt to gain access to stored credit card data or other financial info.

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Re: * IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ BELOW *

Postby GloryQuestor » Sun Sep 09, 2012 4:06 pm

BasharOfTheAges wrote:
EvaFan wrote:I wonder what a hacker could hope to get from hacking this site that is of value.... or why it would be a target in the first place. Maybe for a mailing list or something?

Getting a list of usernames and passwords to then use on merchant websites and webmail providers so they can attempt to gain access to stored credit card data or other financial info.


That's sadly not a new story, after what happened to Sony and others the past few years. You have to always be careful about repeating passwords, especially on websites that keep information you want to remain secure. :|
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Re: * IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ BELOW *

Postby Otohiko » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:00 pm

In other words, if that's not clear enough: if you've used the same password on the .org as ANY other website or service you use, go change it there too, NOW.
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Re: * IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - PLEASE READ BELOW *

Postby DriftRoot » Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:10 am

You probably should modify that important announcement on the front page, as it is no longer accurate to say things like "in the past few days" and "recently" and "we will be." To someone who is just logging in or visiting the site, they're going to see that and probably not pay much attention to the time stamp way down at the bottom.
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