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Evernote resets user passwords after data breach

Claims no data was compromised
Mon Mar 04 2013, 11:29
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ONLINE NOTE-TAKING SERVICE Evernote has issued a password reset for all users after its network was compromised by hackers.

Joining the long list of major technology companies that have been hacked recently, Evernote said it "discovered and blocked" suspicious activity on its network over the weekend, but claimed no user data was compromised during the intrusion.

"In our security investigation, we have found no evidence that any of the content you store in Evernote was accessed, changed or lost," Evernote's Operations and Security team said in a blog post.

"We also have no evidence that any payment information for Evernote Premium or Evernote Business customers was accessed.

The company did admit, however, that those responsible were able to gain access to Evernote user information, including usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts and encrypted passwords, hence the password reset.

"Even though this information was accessed, the passwords stored by Evernote are protected by one-way encryption. In technical terms, they are hashed and salted."

Users will be prompted to enter a new password upon signing into the service. Evernote said it will release updates to several of its apps to make the password change process easier.

In the recent weeks, we've seen Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and others become victims of data breaches by hackers who exploited vulnerabilities to infect employees' machines.

Those infections were believed to be the result of a "watering hole" operation in which the software developer website was compromised and webpages were infected with a series of exploit scripts that then installed malware. It's not clear whether Evernote's network intrusion was part of the same plot. µ


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