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TechRadar user database compromised

Usernames, emails, DoB and passwords hacked

UK tech site TechRadar tonight told its registered users that its user registration database had been compromised. In a statement published on TechRadar.com and sent to individual registered users, the Future Publishing website's publisher informs users that details including email addresses and passwords, dates of birth and usernames have been stolen.

The statement says that as far as Future is aware the data has not yet been misused, but advises members to change any passwords they use for other sites and services that are the same as their now hacked TechRadar accounts. See our article: how to choose a strong, secure password. See all: Security news.

According to the statement Future's IT team is investigating the problem, and has succesfully identified the cause of the data leak. The TechRadar forums are currently closed, and the registration process shut down. There's no word on when the forum will re-open.

The situation is complicated by that fact that TechRadar was born out of the merger of multiple computing magazine forums. As the hack has compromised the data of all users in the TechRadar database, some members of pre-existing forums may not even know that their details have been leaked. They will, of course, receive the email that Future is sending out. TechRadar claims it receives more than 7 million global visitors a month.

The full statement is outlined below. Visit: Security Advisor for PC security advice. See also: Five of the best password managers.

TechRadar Forums closed

The TechRadar forum is closed tonight

TechRadar statement:

It has come to our attention that TechRadar's user registration database has been compromised. Unfortunately, user details including username, email address, date-of-birth and encrypted passwords have been stolen in the process. We are not aware of any misuse of this data but are taking action today to alert users as soon as has been possible.

Our IT team launched an investigation immediately and has identified the cause of the problem and taken action to rectify it. The forums have been closed and will remain closed until we are satisfied that there are no further issues and the forum can be safely restored to service.

In the meantime, although your TechRadar password is encrypted, we are contacting you today to let you know that if you use the same password on TechRadar for any other websites then we strongly advise you to change these passwords immediately.

We will contact you again shortly with instructions on how to update your password details for the TechRadar website.

We take the security of your data extremely seriously and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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