685,000 user profiles on HardwareZone Forum hit by security breach

HardwareZone Forum. Yahoo News Singapore file photo

More than 680,000 user accounts on the HardwareZone (HWZ) Forum website have been affected after a security breach, said SPH Magazines.

In a press release on 21 February (Wednesday), the magazine publisher said a senior moderator’s account had been “compromised by an unidentified hacker” and used to view approximately 685,000 registered user profiles since September 2017.

The hacker retrieved user profile data including names, email addresses, user IDs and possible optional data fields such as date of birth, education and instant messaging usernames.

SPH Magazines has advised forum users to change their passwords and is conducting a review of the system with the help of security consultants. It has also lodged a police report.

It added that that the database does not have NRIC numbers and contact details because these were removed in accordance with Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) Guidelines in July 2015.

“SPH Magazines and HWZ sincerely apologise to HWZ users for this breach of security. We remain committed to protecting all personal data shared with us,” said the statement.

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