Irish board hack prompts password reset
Users thrown into scramble to change up login credentials
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. ®
220,00 registered users?
Don't they mean 220,000 registered profiles?
Boards used to be a pretty fun place yeaaaaaaaaars ago but then a great purge happened.
Used to be a time when a lot of the people there were a lot of very interesting, amusing or otherwise nuts people on the board itself and on the irc channel, some of whom had been there from day one.
Then came a coup d'etat led by snotty mods with a school prefect mentality who figured we need to stop all this sillyness (unless it's one of our buddies, then it's ok) so we can instead be the sort of wholesome place where we can host ads for Digiweb and Eircom broadband.
The final straw for me was when they closed down the IRC channel because it was getting silly but greenlighted an entire forum based around mustard. It was about the same time when I, and all the people I knew on there, bailed out en-masse. Now I maybe go on there every 1-2 years if I want to sell a load of crap to some new generation boards lusers, young brats mostly, but that's about it. Another once-good community ruined.
So I can't really feel sorry for the boards people, and I'd be surprised if I'm the only one, but maybe, just maybe, they might want to shut down that Free Tibet forum.
Password changed, just...
..to be sure.
Jumped the shark ages ago
I stopped post on boards.ie some time ago. Since it got interested in money and sold a share to Daft.ie, I felt it changed the outlook of the owners of the site. There is less of a community spirit that it had in its early days. Coupled with that, its the "devil may care" attitude to active moderating that made boards less than useless.
The higher they climbe, the harder the fall.