Social media network Reddit said a hacker broke into a few of its systems and accessed some user data, including current email addresses and a 2007 database backup containing old encrypted passwords.
A copy of an old database backup containing very early Reddit user data from the site's launch in 2005 through May 2007 was accessed by the hacker, the social media network said.
"Although this was a serious attack, the attacker did not gain write access to Reddit systems; they gained read-only access to some systems that contained backup data, source code and other logs," Reddit's founding engineer Christopher Slowe wrote.
Slowe said Reddit learned on June 19 an attacker compromised a few of its employees' accounts between June 14 and June 18. The breach was carried out by intercepting text messages that were meant to reach employees with one-time login codes, Reddit said, adding that it was notifying the affected users. Slowe said the firm hired its first head of security nearly three months ago. "So far he hasn't quit".
Reddit was also among the major websites to suffer outage due to a cyber attack in 2016. According to reports, a few other sites were experiencing issues such as Box, Boston Globe, New York Times, Github, Airbnb, Freshbooks, Heroku and Vox Media properties.
The DNS provider Dyn stated that the attack affecting its customers is mostly around the US East coast and specifically Managed DNS customers. According to an update on Dyn's website, “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”
With inputs from Reuters
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