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Offline Bernd

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Old Groupee server hacked
« on: May 01, 2010, 07:36:31 AM »
This is a note, rather than a warning. Dan Carlson informed me of a hacking incident at Groupee (our old provider), in which e-mail addresses (but most likely no password information) were harvested. Perhaps some of you have received the following message too:

From: <>
Date: April 30, 2010 12:02:42 PM EDT
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Subject: Alert: Old forum provider compromised, private registration emails harvested
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The following is an e-mail sent to you by an administrator of "Ars Technica
OpenForum". If this message is spam, contains abusive or other comments you
find offensive please contact the webmaster of the board at the following

Include this full e-mail (particularly the headers).

Message sent to you follows:


You are receiving this message because you have a registered an Ars
Technica account with this email address.

Our previous forum provider (Social Strata, formerly known as Groupee and
Infopop) had a server hacked recently, and has advised us that private
registration email addresses were harvested.  These included email
addresses for anyone who registered with Ars Technica while we were still
using their services.  In addition, the rooted server was used to send out
at least one mass phishing attempt.

Although Groupee/Social Strata tells us that no password information of any
kind was accessible from that server, we still recommend that you change
your Ars Technica password (and any account on a third party site you use
that password with) just to be safe.

We became aware of this issue this morning and are following up with
Groupee/Social Strata to see if we can get more details and assurances on
the scope of the compromise.  We have also requested that they purge all
Ars Technica data from their systems so future problems don't affect our

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  If you would like
to read further updates on this issue, please see the active announcement
we have in our new forums:

Please contact us with any questions.

Kurt Mackey
Technical Directory, Ars Technica

Offline Makaveli

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Re: Old Groupee server hacked
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2010, 11:47:11 AM »
Makes me wonder why they would STILL have any of the information from our old forum... guess that right there is another reason why we should consider the member pruning a good thing, in the event that the forum IS hacked and information is copied it prevents even more people from possibly being effected.
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Re: Old Groupee server hacked
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2010, 11:35:03 PM »
Nope didn't get any emails like that.

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Re: Old Groupee server hacked
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 01:21:52 PM »
None here, either.

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Re: Old Groupee server hacked
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 01:26:15 PM »
Nope, not me.
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Re: Old Groupee server hacked
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010, 07:40:08 PM »
Ditto ditto.
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