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Updated Nvidia has admitted that it suspended its user forums last week because they were hacked and posters' personal data lifted.

The graphics chip maker said last night that its investigation following the discovery that "unauthorised third-parties gained access to some user information", specifically user login names, email addresses and profiles, though the latter just comprised information forum users could view anyway.

Nvidia was quick to state that while it had not stored users' password in the clear, the hackers did get hold of hashed passwords with a random salt value.

When the forums come back up - Nvidia couldn't say when this will take place beyond a general "as soon as possible" - all user passwords will be automatically reset. It will email users to prompt them to change their new, freshly assigned password.

Nvidia also warned forum folk who use their password for other sites to go and change those magic words, just in case.

If you receive any email seemingly from Nvidia requesting "personal, financial or sensitive information", ignore it, the company said, it's not from us. ®

Update
Nvidia has also confirmed that the buggers got into its Developer Zone site, which has now been closed down too, pending the outcome of its ongoing investigation into the hack.

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