Nvidia: 400,000 coded passwords may have been hit

Jul 13, 2012

U.S. semiconductor maker Nvidia Corp. says up to 400,000 users of its forums have had their encrypted passwords compromised in attacks dating back to early July.

It's the latest in a stream of data thefts which has hit major Internet companies over the past few weeks. Search provider Yahoo, networking sites LinkedIn and FormSpring, and dating site eHarmony have all recently reported breaches which collectively compromised the online credentials of millions of users.

Nvidia spokesman Bryan Del Rizzo said Friday that attackers made off with an unknown number of passwords from the Santa Clara, California-based company's forums, which count around 400,000 registered users.

He says that the stolen passwords had been scrambled using an encryption algorithm, a technique which generally makes it harder for hackers to use the compromised information.

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axemaster
3 / 5 (2) Jul 13, 2012
Fortunately they said that the passwords were salted. Then again all my passwords are stuff like this:

kyit*^%45DCov(&%d9f

so I'm not going to worry.
gwrede
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 13, 2012
The company I work for is a client of Nvidia. We do development on Linux, and the kind of support we get, makes us think they are a Windows-only company.

There must be a reason why they don't reveal the details of their device drivers, or the nitty-gritty details of their hardware/firmware interfaces to Linux developers. This is very sad, because Linux-based applications are going to outnumber Windows with 4 to one in the next 3 years. So, that's where their revenue will come from.

But hey, I had a custom password on their site! :-)
Argiod
1 / 5 (1) Jul 16, 2012
The only consolation for me is that our United States Government gets hacked, too. If even the DoD can't keep their system completely hacker free; how are any of us to feel secure with our information available on the internet, with and without our permission.

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