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Popular Irish web discussion forum boards.ie has reset user passwords in response to a hack attack that compromised member login credentials.

The site was taken offline for several hours on Thursday. Tom Murphy, boards.ie's co-founder, blamed overseas crackers for a hack in a statement.

In this attack, part of the database which includes our members usernames, email addresses and obfuscated passwords was accessed. While our investigations indicate that individual user accounts are not in danger we have taken the step of changing all user passwords.

We also recommend that if you used the same username/email and password on other sites that you change your password there too as a precaution.

An independent security consultancy has been brought in to deal with the aftermath of the attack. Irish police (Gardaí) and the Data Protection Commissioner have been informed of the attack, which was carried out by as yet unknown perpetrators whose motive remains unclear.

Boards.ie was launched in 1998 and has an estimated 220,000 registered users. ®

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