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Hackers Steal 400k User Credentials in Avast Antivirus Forum Hack

Posted on the 29 May 2014 by Nrjperera @nrjperera

Popular antivirus software maker Avast, a company that sells solutions to protect computers against viruses, malware and threats, recently reported a breach in its’ online forum. Hackers have managed to steal user information of about 400,000 users in this attack. Talk about the irony.

“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,” CEO of Avast, Vince Steckler wrote on a blog post. “This issue only affects our community-support forum. Less than 0.2% of our 200 million users were affected. No payment, license, or financial systems or other data was compromised.”

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Avast claims that users’ sensitive data including credit card details were unaffected from this attack as it’s only breached an isolated third-party system. Although a user pointed out in the comments of the same blog post that Avast was using a highly outdated version of the third party software at the time of this attack.

[Via: TechWorm / Avast Blog]
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