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  1. #16
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    Re: Attention - Upcoming Password Changes

    and I quote........ Mods and Admins every 180 days, members every 365 days.

    "1) We are asking everyone to change their passwords (and will force a one time reset). Along with every user on the forum, new passwords will need to be more complex, and can't be simple words (sorry, you can't have "fluffy" as your password anymore!). Please use a password unique to this community. Reusing passwords can expose your account indirectly when other websites (Twitter, Linkedin, Badoo, etc) are compromised; and

    2) Your passwords will expire on a 180 day basis. When you login on the 181st day, you will have to change it. You guys and girls all have the highest level of access in our communities and this will help protect your accounts.

    All other users on the community will have 365 day expirations. We'll also be sending out an email to users to let them know about the changes, in upcoming weeks.

    I also ask that you help us with ensuring all users are being heard and we are answering everyone’s questions. We will be posting an announcement up to the community shortly and want to keep all chatter about this issue and any potential security issues in one place. If you see a user talking about this topic in a section outside of the announcement, please either move the post, or remove it and direct the user to the original thread. We greatly appreciate your help in this. If you have any questions please post them below



    Thanks all,

    Helena

    Community Management"





    """ I also ask that you help us with ensuring all users are being heard and we are answering everyone’s questions. We will be posting an announcement up to the community shortly and want to keep all chatter about this issue and any potential security issues in one place. If you see a user talking about this topic in a section outside of the announcement, please either move the post, or remove it and direct the user to the original thread. We greatly appreciate your help in this. If you have any questions please post them below """"




    YES PLEASE help them cover up their screw up and control the fall out by only letting this be discussed in one (hidden) place ...

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    Re: Attention - Upcoming Password Changes

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    Re: Attention - Upcoming Password Changes

    I see things have not improved much here .. just like the other VS sites ...

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    Re: Attention - Upcoming Password Changes

    Hey Guys,

    I just want to post here to shed a little more light on the situation, at least as much as we can provide at the moment.

    A 3rd party plugin that we and other networks use had it's developers' compromised. Their DB was breached and data was scraped. I can't ID the plugin as it's under legal investigation. However I can say that it had access to user data because it functions separately from the vb software. Many plugins do this, chats, news letters, mobile apps etc. This is not an active breach, however as a precaution we did initiate security updates including password changes and new pass requirements.

    Their system was compromised and they grabbed user data for us and thousands of others.
    We cleared our part of the breach and went this route to further security.
    This is also in place as many members on the internet use the same or similar passwords across all things they use.

    Hackers who have access to these accounts, may be able to access other platforms where the same email and/or passwords are used.
    Other platforms have been compromised as well, including Twitter, Linkedin etc. We are just trying to get ahead of this, and nip it in the bud as soon as possible.

    We cannot go into detail at the moment as it is being dealt with on a legal level.

    Though this breech happened in Feb, we were not notified until very recently. We worked hard to find a solution for this mess, and acted on it. Though it may not be ideal in some eyes, it is the best we have access to ATM.
    Once the storm settles we may look into other methods for our security, but right now we ask that you be patient with us.

    As for us not responding to members, you have to understand our community support team watches over many sites. Luckily this week and last, we have had many members from other teams offer help. With that said all emails sent to our Contact Us email will be dealt with. Granted, it may take a little time for us to get to all of them, but please be patient with us as we are working really hard to catch up and help everyone.

    If there are any other questions/concerns/feedback, please feel free to post them here.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding,

    Richard.

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