Forbes Falls Prey to Hacker Attack, 1 Million Email Addresses Compromised

Paul Lilly

Watch out for a spike in phishing attempts

There must not be anything to watch on cable, hence anyone can think of another reason why hackers are finding themselves so restless these days. In addition to Kickstarter suffering a security breach in recent days, Forbes acknowledged on Facebook that it was targeted in a digital attack in which its publishing platform was compromised, along with the email address of every single registered user.

User passwords were also stolen, though they were encrypted. Even still, Forbes is "strongly" encouraging its readers to change their passwords once the sign-on option is made available again. Forbes is also warning readers to be on the lookout for emails that purport to come from the site, as hackers may try to use the list of email addresses in phishing attempts.

"We have notified law enforcement. We take this matter very seriously and apologize to the members of our community for this breach," Forbes stated on its Facebook page.

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) is claiming credit for the security breach, saying on Twitter that Forbes " deserved to be embarrassed " because it " has been so unethical ." SEA initially tried to sell the stolen data before claiming to have posted the information for free.

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