Just because you run one of the largest websites of dubious legal standing doesn’t mean you don’t have to deal with hackers, as The Pirate Bay found out.
The file sharing site revealed that its user database – containing user names and passwords for an estimated 1.6 million members – was stolen due to a security hole in its blog.
In a blog post titled “User data stolen but not unsecured”, it confirmed: “Some people (and yes, we know who) found a security hole on our web site (in fact, actually in this blog).”
The post went on to state that passwords and email addresses were encrypted, so it’s unlikely anyone will be able to make use of the data.
“They have got a copy of the user database. That is, your username and passwords. But, the passwords are stored encrypted, so it’s not a big deal, but it’s still very sad that it’s out there. All e-mails are for instance encrypted as well, they will most likely not be able to decrypt them either (they are _very_ encrypted),” the post said.
The group recommend that users change their passwords – and also if they use the same password for another site to change that too.