NVIDIA Suspends 'Developer Zone' Operations Following Hacker Attack
"We are investigating this matter and working around the clock to ensure that secure operations can be restored," NVIDIA said in a statement posted on its Developer Zone site. "As a precautionary measure, we strongly recommend that you change any identical passwords that you may be using elsewhere."
NVIDIA didn't say whether or not passwords were stolen in the security breach, but the fact that it chose to bold its recommendation above is a pretty strong indication that they were.
That point was reiterated by security firm Sophos, which notes that "Password re-use is a big problem -- with an alarming number of people" checking into different websites using a single password.
"If you used the same password on NVIDIA as you did on your Web email account - it would be child's play for hackers to gain access to your personal communications and steal other information about you," Sophos added.