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Possible MN Heartbleed vulnerability
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cozietoesie · 10/04/2014 10:17

Without wanting to start a scare where the reality of the problem might be limited, are MNHQ recommending a change of password to users given that Mumsnet looks at the moment to be one of the sites classified as vulnerable?

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Keepithidden · 14/04/2014 09:27

Thanks everyone, finally managed a password change.

Going to be interesting if I keep getting emails asking about Tech help from MN though. I'm not at all computer-savvy!

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BIWI · 13/04/2014 22:28

Do you have a link to that, noblegiraffe? I'd be interested in reading it

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cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 22:27

Interesting - thanks giraffe.

(You mean there really was a questionable message to Tech? I just made that up! Shock)

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noblegiraffe · 13/04/2014 22:24

The person who hacked Justine posted about it on another forum, including the use of keepithidden's account to talk to tech.

They don't seem to have had any malicious intent, merely trying to get MN to accept the scope of the issue and force a password change.

It wasn't the same person as whoever posted the list of usernames and passwords on the internet.

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cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 22:10

Oh I took that point, Dino. Rather depends on the behind the scenes timing doesn't it. (Any password changes etc.) And there have been some unsettling things happening.

It's best it's reported to HQ however - who knows what else they may have done with that account if they had it under control - so that Keepit can clear her name.

Eg-get rid of the suspicion of sending questionable messages to Tech! Grin

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DinoSnores · 13/04/2014 21:51

cozie, it is the same username not because there are two distinct users with the same name, but because the hacker had Keepithidden's password, so logged in as them to leave Tech a message, so it is not the same user name as such, but the same account that has been used by someone else.

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cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 21:38

giraffe

That is the same user name used above on the thread. It bears checking out in any case.

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noblegiraffe · 13/04/2014 21:26

Keepithidden, the hacker who knew Justine's password also found out yours, and others. They posted as Justine to expose the problem, when tech didn't appreciate the extent of the vulnerability they logged in as you and some other posters too.

So they don't have the same username as you, they used your password and logged into your account.

Hopefully you have changed your password now so they can't do it again.

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cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 20:06

Sorry - that should have read 'email MNHQ directly.'

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cozietoesie · 13/04/2014 20:05

Yikes. email them directly.

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Keepithidden · 13/04/2014 20:02

Well, this is interesting, someone has used the same user name as me! They also know a lot more about hacking than me too!

MN how does this work?

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yelwah · 13/04/2014 05:20

Some sage advice on passwords xkcd.com/936/

And there is nothing wrong with writing passwords down, you have your bank account numbers written down on every statement and your bank cards, just keep the list somewhere safe, that means on paper, NOT in a Word document on your computer.

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HarveySchlumpfenburger · 13/04/2014 00:54

genuine. You can do it through the link on this thread

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Nanny0gg · 13/04/2014 00:21

So, the email I've just received signed from Justine, telling me that all MN passwords have been deleted, to set a new one and make sure all other passwords are changed - genuine or not?

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BackOnlyBriefly · 12/04/2014 15:01

LastPass does seem the best bet. I use it, but have not yet gone all the way with huge unpronounceable passwords for each site.

As for lastpass getting hacked I was wondering about that myself, but I'm not sure it's possible. The master password stays on your PC so the site never really sees the cleartext.

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moondog · 12/04/2014 12:23

The safest thing to do is use one of the online checkers posted earlier in this thread to see if a site you use is still vulnerable to heartbleed. If it is - don't go changing your password there! A hacker could be listening and will see you do it. If however, the online checker says the site is safe, then it is safe to go change your password there and hackers will probably not be able to listen.

I hope you all stay safe on the internet :)

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cozietoesie · 12/04/2014 11:08

It's the risk you take using the internet - most sites are no safer than the size of the Chief Software Director's vulnerabilities. You just have to stay vigilant and exercise common sense as you should in the physical world.

(And sites like LastPass are several steps up from using 'Password' or your dog's name and your birthday - and then putting them on a yellow post it note on the fridge!)

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MargotLovedTom · 12/04/2014 10:51

Thanks cozietoesie

What if LastPass is hacked slightygliitterstained? Wink

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slightlyglitterstained · 12/04/2014 09:36

I use LastPass for a lot of passwords - it's a good way to manage your passwords, and it'll generate passwords for you for a new site and remember them for you, so there's no reason to reuse the same password for every site. (Reusing passwords is really not a good idea, it's like having the same key for your car, front door, work. Convenient, until someone nicks your handbag....)

It also lets you check what sites have been affected by Heartbleed so you can see what you need to change: blog.lastpass.com/2014/04/lastpass-now-checks-if-your-sites-are.html

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ShamTech · 11/04/2014 23:49

Thanks to all for your patience and for bringing all this to our attention. As can be seen, we are as vulnerable as any other site using password logins. Despite our best efforts, somebody clearly took advantage of the published vulnerability before we applied the fix earlier this week. As Keepithidden points out the damage was thankfully minor. And whilst we do encrypt passwords on our side, if you do use the same password for other sites, it would be prudent for you to change your password.

In the next few days we will be posting some useful information for protecting yourself on the internet. Until then, thanks again for everyone's help in uncovering this and bearing with us. We'll keep doing our best to respond to these threats as quickly as we can.

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cozietoesie · 11/04/2014 22:05

It would do no harm to change it in any case, Margot, if the site is one that's had a fix put in.

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MargotLovedTom · 11/04/2014 21:49

I haven't got a clue what Heartbleed is but I was logged out about five minutes ago and have just had to log back in. Do I need to change my password?

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ouryve · 11/04/2014 21:46

Twice

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ImAThrillseekerHoney · 11/04/2014 21:15

So why has everyone suddenly been logged out?

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fuzzpig · 11/04/2014 21:15

Blimey I hadn't even heard about this

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