Slack Resets 1% of Passwords After 2015 Data Breach

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According to the report, the company identified a security issue and following an investigation linked the credentials to a hack it suffered in 2015 when hackers were able to insert keylogging code into its software that was capable of reading user's passwords as they entered them.

According to the blog post announcement regarding the incident and published at that time, profile information was accessible to hackers, but there was "no indication that the hackers were able to decrypt stored passwords", and Slack said that payment information had not been accessed or compromised.

Those account owners were notified, some password resets forced, and Slack made available two-factor authentication and a "password kill switch" for team owners, which allows them to reset passwords and terminate active sessions of each member of their team.

A popular cloud-based workspace app Slack sent out emails to 1% of its users to warn them about the necessary password reset.

Security breaches are all too common these days in the tech world with nearly every company at some point in time having to learn the lesson of certain security flaws and deal with potentially hacked accounts. The password-reset will affect around one per cent of accounts - accounts created before March 2015 on which passwords haven't been changed in the past four-and-a-half years. The hackers also accessed a database of usernames and hashed passwords.

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Slack says it is resetting the passwords of some of its users after new information has come to light about a privacy breach from March 2015.

Slack is directly informing people who are affected by the reset, including room admins.

If you were impacted by Slack's 2015 data breach and received an email from the provider, make sure you check your access logs within the application to see what IPs were used to access your account.

While Slack says that it has no reason to believe that accounts have been compromised, it is still resetting passwords for accounts that were active at the time of the incident as a security measure.

Slack said it did not believe accounts were compromised in the attack, but did not provide any further details as to why this would be - although it said that accounts that require single sign-on through a company's network are not affected.

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