updated 05:06 pm EST, Wed November 13, 2013
Hack similar to Ubuntu forums hack from earlier this year
The MacRumors user forums' database has been appropriated by hackers, who have likely obtained information on all 860,000 users of the site. Information available to the thieves include hashed passwords, MacRumors forum usernames, and email addresses of users, according to Editorial Director Arnold Kim. Users of the MacRumors forum are advised to change the password to their MacRumors account, as well as any other accounts on other sites using the same password.
Kim reported that the data theft was caused by "a moderator account being logged into by the hacker who then was able to escalate their privileges with the goals of stealing user login credentials." An investigation by MacRumors staffers is underway.
The MacRumors user forums are populated not only by regular readers of the site, but also by one-time users having difficulty with an Apple-oriented technical matters. Some users of the forums have reported phishing attacks, and attempts at using credentials on other sites, such as Gmail.