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This may be the reason why verticalscopes wants us to change our passwords.

They bought 2 dozen gun sites in a month.

And then they get hacked.

So now the have all of our user ID's, email addresses, passwords, IP addresses (which show our locations), and the fact that we own guns.

Hacker steals 45 million accounts from hundreds of car, tech, sports forums | ZDNet

I wonder when they were going to tell us?

Now it makes perfect sense why they posted a rule change regarding passwords.
 

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Other articles say this happened earlier this year. I wonder when the asshats at Verticalscope were planning on letting us know? I mean, other than the 'you might want to think about a new password' thread the other day.
 

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Well, thank the previous owners for looking out for us :mad:
I'm sure what I want to post would be ... frowned upon... but think Charlton Heston pounding his fist in the beach at the end of Planet of the Apes.
Yeah, that's how I feel.
I can usually roll with the punches, but this is getting pathetic.
 

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This may be the reason why verticalscopes wants us to change our passwords.

They bought 2 dozen gun sites in a month.

And then they get hacked.

So now the have all of our user ID's, email addresses, passwords, IP addresses (which show our locations), and the fact that we own guns.

Hacker steals 45 million accounts from hundreds of car, tech, sports forums | ZDNet

I wonder when they were going to tell us?

Now it makes perfect sense why they posted a rule change regarding passwords.
Hopefully with 45 million accounts to sort through, the hackers won't notice us.
 

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Other articles say this happened earlier this year. I wonder when the asshats at Verticalscope were planning on letting us know? I mean, other than the 'you might want to think about a new password' thread the other day.
I don't think so. The article is dated June 14, 2016, and it appears that it is a recent hack.

But a further analysis of the leaked database, obtained by breach notification site LeakedSource.com, suggests that the scope of data may be greater than first thought.

In a sample given to ZDNet, the database shows email addresses, passwords that were hashed and salted passwords with MD5 (an algorithm that nowadays is easy to crack), as well as a user's IP address (which in some cases can determine location), and the site that the record was taken from.

LeakedSource confirmed the findings in a blog post, published Tuesday.
The group said in its blog post that it was "likely that VerticalScope stored all of their data on interconnected or even the same servers as there is no other way to explain a theft on such a large scale."

Three major social networks have quietly fallen victim to data breaches. Despite some success, patience and trust is now fading.
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Despite a push in recent years for stronger encryption and fixing security flaws, the forums thought to be affected by the breach fell far behind industry security norms.
 
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They can't miss you, JL.

All this is starting to feel like the Twilight Zone episode, How to prepare man.
 

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According to this article @ LeakedSource, the hack into the VerticalScope domain occurred sometime in February 2016. The first post by Helena (aka Administrator) was back on May 3 (here).

Question: Does anyone know the exact timing of the assumption of new management over the DefensiveCarry.com website and data, specifically with regards to when such data might have been on the hacked VerticalScope systems?
 

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When did these security conscious folks take over DC officially?
 

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So much for my safety in the witness protection program.

Really though in my mind the big concern is email addresses. Lots of potential sensitive information.
 

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When did these security conscious folks take over DC officially?
Good question.

From one of the other forums, where they introduced themselves as the new owners.

05-04-2016, 12:12 PM
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Apr 2016


Changes to forum management



My name is Philip, I work for VerticalScope.com. VerticalScope recently acquired fnforum.net and will be taking over the management duties of the forum. Your familiar moderator and admin team will be the same people helping with the day to day forum management. We will primarily manage the technical functions of the site and support the mod team. Maintaining continuity as well as the spirit of the site is important to us. This means that little about the site will change for you the user while we continue to grow the community.

Over the next few days you will notice my team mates Helena and Kyle who will be helping me with the site announcements as well as members of our support team (they will introduce themselves in the site issues section). While we get to know the landscape of the forum and how things work we will be on hand to answer questions and get to know the unique needs of this community.

I will be working closely with the Admin/Mod team on ways we can help improve the order of things here and raise the level of your experience on xxx.net

If you have questions please let me know, I will do my best to answer you all as quickly and thoroughly as I can.

-Philip
He posted this on May 4, 2016, but he "joined" defensive carry in April of 2016.

So, I'd say they purchased it some time in April
 
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