You may have noticed that we went into unplanned maintenance on the 2nd November for several hours. We shut the site down due to an intruder who managed to get access to our database via an exploit in a piece of 3rd-party software. We are not yet certain what data they obtained, but it’s possible that they gained access to your user accounts, including the hashed (encrypted) passwords.
When you next log on to the site you will be asked to change your password. Please do this right away! Furthermore, we highly recommend that if you use the same password on any other site, you change it there too. While they didn’t gain access to your actual password, given time they can reverse the hash and possibly gain your password.
We are truly sorry for this intrusion, and we’re taking every step possible to ensure that your data is safeguarded better in the future. We can’t discuss too much more about this hacking attempt at the moment because our investigation is still ongoing, but it seems to have been a very interesting attack with an unusual motivation. We’ll give you more info when we can.