Avast and brings up a lot of questions for consumers. Although, Avast is known for their quality malware and virus detection and removal products This certainly calls into question what the current industry standard of “quality” is. Hopefully this attack against the company won’t result in distrust by consumers regarding their products as, of course, there was no way of stopping what occurred over the weekend. If you are an affected user of the security breach then Avast will be contacting you shortly to inform you what information has been taken in more detail. All users of the Avast support forum will have to change their passwords. That’s if they dont go else where.
CEO Responds to Forum Hack
Company’s CEO Vincent Steckler today stated in a blog post that:
Avast claims that this attack seems to have affected less than 0.2% of a total of 200 million users of the forum. It also claimed that no financial details like payment, license terms or other data was compromised.
On Avast’s Forum (forum.avast.com) has since been taken offline and is being rebuilt and moved to a more secure platform. Avast has already informed all the affected parties via email asking them to immediately change their passwords. Users may also change their other passwords like Facebook, gmail and other emails, banking etc. if its the same as the Avast forum account.
Avast’s Future after Database Leak
Once the forum is back online, effected users will be asked to reset their password while trying to log in with their old passwords
The company said the Forum was hosted on a third-party Software platform. This third party software may have been the weak link in the defenses of the forum which was most probably the attackers took advantage of. It is not understood how a big AV and security firm could rely on third party software for such important website without ample security considerations.