NVIDIA has become the latest victim of an online attack after its forums were hacked last night, leaving 390,000 accounts at risk. The company has announced that the anonymous hacker gained access to sensitive information that includes usernames, email addresses, hashed passwords, and users’ “about me” profiles. The forums have now been suspended.
Fortunately for users, NVIDIA hashed all passwords with a “random salt value,” according to The Verge, which makes them extremely secure. However, the company has advised users to change identical passwords for other accounts — particularly those linked to the same email — as a precautionary measure.
According to a statement NVIDIA issued to The Verge, three of its sites were affected by the attack:
“Three Nvidia sites were affected — Nvidia Forums, which has about 290,000 registered users; Nvidia Developers Zone, with about 100,000; and the Nvidia Research site with about 1,200.”
NVIDIA maintains that the forums will return, and the company says it will issue all users with a temporary password and instructions on how to change it when they log back in. NVIDIA insists it is “continuing to investigate this matter.”
This attack comes just a day after Yahoo! Voice was hacked, and more than 453,000 usernames and passwords were leaked online in plain text.
[via The Verge]