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    Default ALL MEMBERS: Notice of 2016 vBulletin hack

    CrimeAgency vBulletin Hacks: In January 2016, a large number of unpatched vBulletin forums were compromised by an actor known as "CrimeAgency". A total of 140 forums had data including usernames, email addresses and passwords (predominantly stored as salted MD5 hashes), extracted and then distributed. Refer to the complete list of the forums for further information on which sites were impacted.

    Referring to the list of forums, I found HH at #113 (out of 140). There is no way of knowing whether some or all of the entire member list data was extracted. You have probably noticed that HH requires you to change your password every six months. Thus your password has been changed multiple times since January of 2016.

    That said, I have two suggestions for members across the board:

    1. Although HH forces you to change every six months, it's a good idea to make that a habit for every site that stores your personal details. Set a date for it. January 1 might be a good time, or February 1, which is National Password Change Day!

    2. Avoid using the same password for more than one site. It's tempting to do so since most of us have membership in a variety of websites, too many to commit to memory. There are a couple of options: write down all your passwords in a little notebook or a list of some kind that you can store in a safe place. Your browser will also store passwords for you if you select that option under your browser Preferences.

    We are not self-hosted; that would be risky. Our host is Daniel at CyberLabs in Malta. I have been very pleased with the security and assistance from Daniel despite the 5-6 hours time gap!

    Please reply below with any questions. Thank you for your patience.

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    Default Re: ALL MEMBERS: Notice of 2016 vBulletin hack

    This happened in Jan. 2016---4 yrs. ago? How concern should we be? Also, I was totally unaware of requirement to change password on HH every 6 months. Honestly, I don't think I've ever changed my password here.

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    Default Re: ALL MEMBERS: Notice of 2016 vBulletin hack

    That surprises me, Mr. Wizard. I get a notification every six months that it's time to change my password. If you haven't received such a notification, I would urge you to change your password periodically anyway — at least annually.
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    Default Re: ALL MEMBERS: Notice of 2016 vBulletin hack

    Mr wiz, I haven't either, I was not aware of this rule.

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    Default Re: ALL MEMBERS: Notice of 2016 vBulletin hack

    Possibly this is a notice sent only to administrators. I just assumed it was a blanket notice to members. In any case, it's a wise habit to get into.
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    Default Re: ALL MEMBERS: Notice of 2016 vBulletin hack

    You're correct...it's a very wise habit to establish. As I regularly access about 15 different websites, I'm experiencing "password fatigue." Lol.

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