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AVAST forum offline due to attack

  1. #1

    Posts : 22,578
    64-bit Windows 10

    AVAST forum offline due to attack

    From email:

    Dear xxx,

    The AVAST forum is currently offline and will remain so for a brief period. It was hacked over this past weekend and user nicknames, user names, email addresses and hashed (one-way encrypted) passwords were compromised. Even though the passwords were hashed, it could be possible for a sophisticated thief to derive many of the passwords. If you use the same password and user names to log into any other sites, please change those passwords immediately. Once our forum is back online, all users will be required to set new passwords as the compromised passwords will no longer work.

    This issue only affects our community-support forum. No payment, license, or financial systems or other data were compromised.

    We are now rebuilding the forum and moving it to a different software platform. When it returns, it will be faster and more secure. This forum for many years has been hosted on a third-party software platform and how the attacker breached the forum is not yet known. However, we do believe that the attack just occurred and we detected it essentially immediately.

    We realize that it is serious to have these usernames stolen and regret the concern and inconvenience it causes you. However, this is an isolated third-party system and your sensitive data remains secure.

    All the best,

    Ondrej Vlcek
    COO AVAST Software

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  2. #2

    Posts : 59
    Windows 8.1.1

    Pretty sad. But I switched to Bitdefender a couple of weeks ago!
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  3. #3

    Ugh, that's why I could not get to Avast forum yesterday. I wanted to check about a feature but could not get there.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 192
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    What a recommendation that is.
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  5. #5

    Quote Originally Posted by echrada View Post
    What a recommendation that is.
    It was about "Grime Fighter" but found about it other way and decided I don't need it.
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  6. #6

    Posts : 315
    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit

    They should look into running some kind of antivirus.
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  7. #7

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    They should look into running some kind of antivirus.
    Defender ????
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  8. #8

    Seems it can happen to anyone - even if you are in the business of fighting them. Too bad!
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  9. #9

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Hackers should go to work helping to fight hacking.
    They could make good money & not end up playing pick up the soap in a federal prison.
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  10. #10

    I wonder which third-party platform was compromised though?

    I also wonder how much the competition (who are all well versed in hacking, let's face it) has anything to do with it :facetious:

    Quote Originally Posted by Wiki View Post
    "Competitive intelligence" levels out two scenarios of description as the legal and ethical activity of systematically gathering, analyzing and managing information on industrial competitors becomes beneficial. It may include activities such as examining newspaper articles, corporate publications, websites, patent filings, specialised databases, information at trade shows and the like to determine information on a corporation
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