Flipboard has announced that hackers have stolen some user information, if you use the popular app then it is recommended that you change your password.
The company revealed that hackers gained unauthorized access to some of their databases and could have taken peoples information which includes their name, Flipboard username, email address and cryptographically protected password. The company is urging all users to change their password.
Flipboard has always cryptographically protected passwords using a technique known by security experts as “salted hashing”. The benefit of hashing passwords is that we never need to store the passwords in plain text. Moreover, using a unique salt for each password in combination with the hashing algorithms makes it very difficult and requires significant computer resources to crack these passwords. If users created or changed their password after March 14, 2012, it is hashed with a function called bcrypt. If users have not changed their password since then, it is uniquely salted and hashed with SHA-1.
Additionally, if users connected their Flipboard account to a third-party account, including social media accounts, then the databases may have contained digital tokens used to connect their Flipboard account to that third-party account. We have not found any evidence the unauthorized person accessed third-party account(s) connected to users’ Flipboard accounts. As a precaution, we have replaced or deleted all digital tokens.
If you are a Flipboard user then you should change your password, you can find out more information over at Flipboard at the link below. The company has made it clear that the incident did not involve, Social Security numbers or other government-issued IDs, bank account, credit card, or other financial information.