back to article Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach

A security breach at popular, free and open source software-focused IRC network Freenode means users need to change their passwords. Freenode's IRC server was compromised and passwords were likely sniffed by unidentified hackers, prompting a warning to users that they should reset their passwords as a precaution. The security …

  1. Joe Drunk

    IRC Still around?

    I though only malware writers used it as command & control centers for their crap.

    1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

      Re: IRC Still around?

      It's the tool of choice for quick answers to lots of software questions. #python #postgresql

  2. WraithCadmus


    Now I need to change my password to 'hunter3'.

    1. VinceH

      Re: Great

      No - play cunning, and instead of increasing it by one, go for a half, and make it hunter2.5 - that'll fool 'em.

  3. garden-snail


    Sounds like a server was compromised in a way that allowed the attack to sniff NickServ passwords while in transit. Are we to assume that the database itself was not compromised?

    I only ask since - like everyone else - I haven't logged in to an IRC server in about 10 years.

    1. Joe Drunk

      Re: Sniffing

      It's been about a decade for me too. 80K users? more like 2K actual humans and the rest bots.

      1. Oninoshiko

        Re: Sniffing

        "nickserve traffic" is the same as all the other traffic. You really shouldn't depend on it being encrypted.

        freenode has a higher user/bot ratio then most IRC servers because of the target audience.

  4. batfastad


    If you don't use IRC then you or your employer is using the wrong software. Or you're just a lowly 3rd line M$ peon, lol smily face

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