Reddit hack revealed: Here’s everything you need to know

Reddit discloses ‘serious’ security breach it discovered on June 19th

Reddit has announced a major security breach that's left user details exposed - but what exactly was lost?

He said that the attacker compromised a few of their employees' accounts with their cloud and source code hosting providers, despite them having two factor authentication (2FA) set up for additional protection.

Hackers reportedly bypassed the providers' two factor authentication (2FA) system using an SMS intercept, meaning the person (s) responsible re-routed the 2FA code to a different device in order to access the code. Attackers had access to the complete copy of this old database, which carried information on users that the company had from its launch in 2005 to 2007.

Nevertheless, the user data in this backup includes usernames, email addresses, salted hashed passwords, and private messages.

If you believe you are in the group affected by the data breach, you should reset your password even if Reddit doesn't do it automatically.

Attackers gained read-only access to systems with backup data, source code, and "other logs".

The fact the attackers also gained access to some Reddit source code nearly feels like a small loss even though that is anything but the case. In the mean time, site admins are encouraging users to change any passwords on affected accounts.

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The hacker might have also obtained emails through digests it sent in early June, according to the statement. Crucially, the logs contained both a person's username and associated email address - providing hackers with a database from which a person's real identity could potentially be discovered. Since the company isn't clear about the breach's size, breaches are often worse than they first appear, and you've nothing to lose by doing it, you might as well change your password as a precaution though.

We reveal the inner workings of the hack and explain how you might be at risk and what you should do next.

Reddit users might believe they are relatively anonymous as they need to provide only a username and email address to sign up for an account, but Slowe advised users affected by the breach to think about whether there's anything on their Reddit account that they wouldn't want associated back to that address. The platform noted that SMS-based two-factor authentication was clearly not as effective as using an authenticator app. "Although it's hard to crack those passwords, once cracked, the chances are much greater that they will also be added to a dictionary in a future "credential stuffing attack".

Most of the other data accessed is on the Reddit backend, so there isn't expected to be other compromised user data.

Popularity often makes a website a juicy target for hackers, however, and Reddit's now found itself an unwitting victim.

Reddit said that while the attack was "serious", attackers only managed to get read access, not the write access to Reddit systems.

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