Today, at 11:20 the popular and well moderated message boards at Boards.ie was attacked. At present the source of this attack is under investigation but it is known to be external to Ireland. The website was taken down by the staff at boards.ie and the boards data did not go missing as a result of the attack but the boards were taken down as a security measure.
In this attack on the boards.ie website, some data from the database, including some usernames, email addresses and security protected passwords were accessed. An email has been sent out to all boards.ie members and they have changed passwords on the system. The danger is that if you use the same email address on other websites – you should change that password now for your security. It is never a good idea to use the same password across all your online systems.
I think boards.ie did the right thing by advising people, alerting the Gardai and data protection commissioner and also were on Today FMs Matt Cooper show.
I hope they catch the hackers responsible – sending a strong message to them!