Nvidia Forums Closed Following Password-Stealing Hack Attack



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"the passwords were hashed and not saved in plain text"

Hashed passwords do not protect the original password from being revealed, especially when you have a whole bunch of hashed passwords (see "Rainbow Tables"). The only true method of protection is hashing salted passwords, rather than the original password. Salt prevents the use of rainbow tables and provides protection from anyone except those with ludicrous amounts of computer processing power, which means that unless you're dealing with government secrets, your slated and hashed password will be safe, even if the company that has them decides to give the public complete and unfettered access to its user database.

Not indicating whether the passwords were only hashed or salted and hashed is the difference between genuinely being worried and 'meh'.

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