It was confirmed that the forums database was compromised during the attack led against us yesterday and that the attackers acquired a copy of it. If you have an account on forums.linuxmint.com, please change your password on all sensitive websites as soon as possible.
The database contains the following sensitive information:
- Your forums username
- An encrypted copy of your forums password
- Your email address
- Any personal information you might have put in your signature/profile/etc…
- Any personal information you might written on the forums (including private topics and private messages)
People primarily at risk are people whose forums password is the same as their email password or as the password they use on popular or sensitive websites. Although the passwords cannot be decrypted, they can be brute-forced (found by trial) if they are simple enough or guessed if they relate to personal information.
Out of precaution we recommend all forums users change their passwords.
While changing your passwords, please start with your email password and do not use the same password on different websites.