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Avast support forum hacked, usernames and passwords stolen in breach

Security company Avast suffered a data breach, with hackers stealing username and scrambled password information of up to 400,000 users.

Published Tue, May 27 2014 2:46 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Security firm Avast recently suffered a data breach in which its community support forum was hacked, with usernames, email addresses and scrambled passwords of 400,000 forum users now at risk. Avast took the forum offline, and the company will make it mandatory for all returning visitors to immediately reset their passwords.

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It's unknown how the initial breach occurred, though no payment information was stolen - and confirmed it appears to be an isolated incident involving a third-party system.

Here is what the company said in a blog post: "We are now rebuilding the forum and moving it to a different software platform. When it returns, it will be faster and more secure. This forum for many years has been hosted on a third-party software platform and how the attacker breached the forum is not yet known. However, we do believe that the attack just occurred and we detected it essentially immediately."

If nothing else, it's good to hear Avast confirm the attack "just occurred" and it was "detected" quickly - something that many companies fail to disclose after any type of data breach occurs.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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