Earlier this morning, I unexpectedly received a password reset request at DNForum. I was previously an active user on DNForum, but I have not used the forum in quite some time. As a result, I was taken aback that a password reset email was sent to me. It looks like I was not alone in receiving the reset notification, as others have mentioned receiving the same password reset email.
When I visited DNForum this morning, I saw a message on the home page alerting visitors to the automated password reset request that was sent to users. Here are the two notes currently on the homepage of DNF:
“We are currently conducting maintenance; while this process is ongoing server response times might be sluggish and certain features, like advanced search, will be unavailable. We are very sorry for this inconvenience”
Here’s the note referencing the password reset:
“Dear DNForum.com user. We have been forced to alter your password in order to maintain your account security. This process can take up to 24 hours.
There have been attempts to access accounts that are from 2014 or older and therefore we have seen it necessary to do a hard reset of all user passwords.
Please reset your password via the password reset form to access your DNForum.com account.
If you encounter any issues please contact us via the contact form here:
We are actively investigating this issue and will update you on any progress we make. While this process is ongoing server response times might be sluggish and certain features, like advanced search, will be unavailable. We are very sorry for this inconvenience but it is necessary to protect your account.
Best Lars AKA Castion”
It is always a good idea to ensure your passwords are not repeated on multiple websites. If they are repeated, if one site gets hacked someone could gain access to other websites that use the same username / email and password combination.
If I learn anything more about this, I will provide an update.