Hacker got access to Reddit database from 2007 and recent mails with usernames

Reddit mentions someone who has gained access to an eleven-year-old old database backup with usernames, salted and hashed passwords, mail addresses and posts and pm’s. In addition, more recent e-mail addresses in combination with usernames have also been leaked.

The announcement is at the time of writing at the top of the front page of the popular online community. Users who appear in the old backup, whose password might still be the same, receive a message and an automatic password reset. How strong the encryption is on those passwords is not reported.

In addition to the older backup, the attacker also had access to logs of e-mail digests dated 3 June to 17 June of this year. These logs contain not only the mailed sfw mailings themselves, but also the mail addresses to which they were sent and the associated username. Users who have not entered an e-mail address in their Reddit profile, or who were not subscribers to the digests from 3 to 17 June, are therefore out of the question.

Reddit emphasizes that users whose digests have been leaked must check whether they have created posts that they would prefer to remain anonymous as an author. The site has a help page with instructions for deleting this public data, if desired.

The attacker obtained the user data when he gained access to the accounts of several Reddit employees at the site’s cloud and source code hosts. They were secured with two-stage authentication, but the attacker presumably intercepted the verification SMS. He or she has only been given read-only access. The hack took place somewhere between 14 and 18 June and came to light internally on 19 June. Reddit says to have reported the attack to the authorities.


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