Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/26/techradar_data_breach/

TechRadar shuts down forums after user database hacked

Emails, DoBs and passwords stolen from UK tech site

By Brid-Aine Parnell

Posted in Security, 26th June 2012 09:43 GMT

Registered users of TechRadar have had personal details including their email addresses and dates of birth stolen in a breach of the UK consumer tech website's database.

The online publication sent out emails to all users and posted an announcement on its site warning that its user registration database had been hacked, adding that details including usernames and passwords as well as emails and dates of birth had been taken.

"Our IT team has identified the cause of the problem and has taken action to rectify it," TechRadar said on its site. "The forums have been closed and will remain closed until we are satisfied there are no further issues."

The website said that the stolen passwords were encrypted, but it still advised users to change their password if they were using the same one on any other site.

TechRadar said it would be letting its users know how to sort out their passwords soon.

In the email sent out to users, the online publication, which is part of Future Publishing, said it wasn't currently aware of "any misuse of this data". ®