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Popular IRC service UKChatterbox is advising users to change their passwords following a series of hacks which culminated in an attack that may have compromised user details.

The password reset follows on from a succession of outages – previously attributed to maintenance upgrades – dating back to the start of the summer. In a notice to users this week, UKChatterbox advises users to change their passwords and not to re-use them on other sites.

The UKChatterbox website has recently been the target of several attacks intended to disrupt services, and as part of an ongoing security update, all UKChatterbox users are being asked to change their passwords as a precautionary measure.

Although one user accused UKChatterbox of a succession of basic security errors and subsequent cover-ups, we have a lot of sympathy for the site. Running an IRC channel – which often becomes a magnet for flame wars, hack attacks and squabbles – is often a thankless and difficult task.

We asked UKChatterbox to comment on what led up to the password reset incident and will update this story as and when we hear back from the site. ®

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