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OpenWrt Informs Users of Forum Breach

The OpenWrt Project, the developer of the open source Linux operating system for embedded devices, informed users on Monday that someone had breached its forum over the weekend.

In a security notice posted on the OpenWrt forum, users were told that the hacker gained access to the account of an administrator on January 16. It’s unclear how the account became compromised — it had a “good password,” but two-factor authentication was not enabled.

According to the OpenWrt Project, the attacker downloaded user information, including email addresses, handles, and statistical data related to forum users.

While there is no indication that the forum database has been downloaded, the decision has been made to reset all passwords and flush API keys.

Users have been instructed to manually reset their password using the “get a new password” feature on the OpenWrt forum. Since email addresses and usernames have been exposed, impacted individuals have been warned that they may receive phishing emails. GitHub logins or OAuth keys should also be reset.

“OpenWrt forum credentials are entirely independent of the OpenWrt Wiki. There is no reason to believe there has been any compromise to the Wiki credentials,” the security notice reads.

The OpenWrt Project has promised to provide updates if more information comes to light.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.