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685 000 Users Affected by HardwareZone Forum Data Breach

After a suspicious post appeared on the HardwareZone forum on Sunday, an internal investigation by site owner SPH Magazines revealed that the accounts of 685 000 users had been compromised by a data breach.

An alert on the HardwareZone website warns users to change their passwords. Image: Screengrab from HardwareZone

The investigation has revealed that a senior moderator’s account had been compromised by an unidentified hacker since September 2017. According to SPH Magazines, the hacker was then able to access user data which included names, email addresses, user IDs, and possibly other optional data fields. NRIC numbers, telephone numbers and addresses had, however, been purged as part of compliance with Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) guidelines in 2015, meaning these details have not been compromised.

SPH Magazines have advised forum users to change their forum account passwords, and have engaged security consultants to review the forum’s system.

A police report has been lodged and the PDPC has been informed, and an official statement and apology released by SPH Magazine.


Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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