European Data Protection Digest

Database Hacked, Passwords Accessed

DATA LOSS—IRELAND

January 22, 2010

An Irish Internet forum reports its user database was hacked by an unauthorised source outside Ireland and thousands of usernames, passwords and e-mails were accessed, reports BBC News. Tom Murphy, co-founder of Boards.ie, which receives more than 1.1 million page views per day, said the site is "regularly the target for disruption and takes continual actions to proactively protect data." Ireland's data protection commissioner, Billy Hawkes, said the attack should serve as a warning to Internet users to create different passwords for different Web sites.
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