Nokia Suspends Forum After Data Breach

Wall Street Journal Blog, August 29, 2011

Nokia has suspended its developer forum website after it discovered a recent attack had resulted in members’ data being compromised. In an emailed statement the Finnish phone giant said its community would be taken offline until  ”further investigations and security assessments were complete”. The company did admit that user’s personal information, including emails and for a few, dates of birth and other data, was compromised. “After further detailed investigations, we identified security flaws on the forums discussion website, which enabled a database table containing developer forum members’ records to be accessed. The records include members’ email addresses and, for fewer than 7% who chose to include them in their public profile, either birth dates, homepage URL or usernames for AIM, ICQ, MSN, Skype or Yahoo. However, they do not contain sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details and so we do not believe the security of forum members’ accounts is at risk. Though we have no evidence of any misuse, we believe the potential risk is an increase in unsolicited email.” The attack on 22 August was originally believed just to be a redirection.

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