deviantART Gets Hacked, User Info Compromised

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deviantART Gets Hacked, User Info Compromised

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What do Gawker, McDonalds, and deviantART all have in common? They've all been hacked in the past week.

Depending on how you look at things, the past week has been a major series of victories for hackers or a truly stunning series of defeats for digital security. Aside from the very public security breach with Gawker Media, McDonalds and Walgreens have both admitted that their databases were hacked and heavy amounts of user information was stolen. Now, it turns out that that deviantART has also been dealt a blow, having been hacked and user info compromised.

The largest online art community announced today that its database security was breached, which means that the e-mail addresses, usernames, and birthday information for up to 13 million users has been stolen. Thankfully, passwords weren't taken as a part of this, but it's being theorized that this other information will be used by spammers.

It turns out the breach wasn't actually due to negligence on deviantART's end. Instead, it came through Silverpop System Inc., a marketing company the site uses to communicate with its various users via its mailing list. Still, members of the community (including me) rely on deviantART to keep our personal information private and safe, and the site definitely failed on that end.

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Whelp, time to go change a password or two...

Well, great to know that my info was possibly jacked...Though I'm basically inactive on that site. Still it annoys me to see that sort of thing happening.

Shit. Good thing I just lurk and never actually made an account.

No, I will NOT tell you what I was looking at!

i really hope we catch and make good examples of hackers...

i want them to suffer for making viruses and bringing internet security down.

my idea? when we catch them, publicly cut off their hands and hang them by their ankles until they bleed to death as we scrawl the words "HACKED" on his/her forehead with a rusty nail

Onyx Oblivion:
Shit. Good thing I just lurk and never actually made an account.

No, I will NOT tell you what I was looking at!

It's okay man, I think you need an account to look at all the "mature" stuff.

Uh, not that I would know or anything.

My Girlfriend revieved an email about this a few days ago, basically explaining what had happened.

They're not going to use Silverpop anymore and as the article says, they're sure the information will only be used in a spamming copacity.

I however, did not recieve an email detailing any of this...

I've been on DA for 6 years...
I guess they only wanted the email accounts of recent members... Or something?

*sighs* Goddammit, as if I didn't have enough problems already...

Damn, that just sucks.

I don't have an account there, but I have experienced info being stolen and its a pain in the ass.

Yeah, I've only just started reusing my Devart.
Nice to know they're on top of things [/sarcasm]

LOL! They still haven't hacked a site that i am on.....I am safe. For now.

Tankichi:
LOL! They still haven't hacked a site that i am on.....I am safe. For now.

They just hacked the Escapist!

WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?!

Meh, all my accounts get banned right away anyways, and I use fake emails when I register. So I'd say I'm pretty much in the clear here.

I'll make sure to change the password alittle bit, and hopefully next time this won't happen. Like i dont have enough spam.

Begs a serious question, if you're not on any of Devart's mailing lists are you at any risk?

Have to admit I drifted right off Deviantart after a few matters of unpleasantness regarding their increasingly loose copyright policy more than three years ago.

That explains all the drug spam I've been getting lately. I've had to add filters to my email filtering program specifically tuned to the name of a couple dozen drugs showing up in the subject. I've been getting about 30 of those a day, rather suddenly, timed with the approximate date of this leak.

Just when I thought DA couldn't come up with a more compelling reason to end my membership, they out-do themselves again. Just an FYI for those that don't know, birthday information is something that can be used to "recover" accounts that have been "hacked." That includes banks and many things online you spend money on. With your name and your birthday, people can get passwords changed on anything they can link to your email with little trouble. So THAT'S awesome.

Onyx Oblivion:

Tankichi:
LOL! They still haven't hacked a site that i am on.....I am safe. For now.

They just hacked the Escapist!

WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?!

lol. Fake Account connected to a fake e-mail? Still safe lol.

Well well, time to change my dA info.

Christ, is every site out there going to get hacked?

But isn't that the home of Rule 34? I thought that was sacred to hackers?

Moriarty70:
But isn't that the home of Rule 34? I thought that was sacred to hackers?

...No you're loooking for the ACTUAL rule 34 site.

Common mistake.

Great... Good thing I used one of my many spam-bin E-mails... If they do use that info to spam, it won't bother me too much.

Fucksake. I'm changing all my passwords now, which is a pain in the arse considering i've got a lot of accounts all over the Internet :/

Where's a reference to gmod idiot box when you need one?

Fortunately my DA account is as inconspicuous as an ant in a pile of Coffee beans, and the last time I used it for anything was 3 years ago, so I just deactivated it out of both paranoia and concern. I suppose it's too late to do anything about it now, but this is still worrying, especially since I know a lot of people who use one very complicated password for every site.

Onyx Oblivion:
Shit. Good thing I just lurk and never actually made an account.

No, I will NOT tell you what I was looking at!

I think you need to have an account to see any porn, at least from my experience

Thankfully I never had an account there either.
Wonder what site'll be hit next... hmm this one's secure right?

if steam got hacked id crap a cracker.

Thank goodness my dA email isn't connected to anything I use now. It's an old address that I haven't used since I was 14. So, I think I'm okay.

Onyx Oblivion:
Shit. Good thing I just lurk and never actually made an account.

No, I will NOT tell you what I was looking at!

We already know what you where looking at, I hope you didn't chafe.

Oh no, now I will receive intrusive advertisements in the same realm of what I've already been seeing from Deviantart in my email.

*sigh* Time to change my DA password. Damn hackers.

Dr. wonderful:

Moriarty70:
But isn't that the home of Rule 34? I thought that was sacred to hackers?

...No you're loooking for the ACTUAL rule 34 site.

Common mistake.

You know how it is with parent companies and affiliates and what have you.

Well, so long as it's just spammers, it's just another dozen things to tick and delete each time I log into my mail.If only all ISPs just charged 0.01 cents to send an email, it'd kill off a vast amount of spam.

Also, who's replying to this shit anyway? it's always horribly spelled and punctuated, and who'd trust credit card details to someone who can't even SPELL viagra without getting numbers involved? but, if people weren't buying, spam wouldn't exist, so someone must be.

At least my google mail account drops all the mails from Blizzerd and Battle.com about my wow account being hacked into the spam and marks them as phishing mails whoo aren't from who they say they're from.

maybe all sites shouldl offer authenticators like Blizzard does, could have a big ol' keyring of number generators and feel safe! (til you lose it and lose contact with everything forever).

Makes me glad I lied about my personal info.

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