Maybe it's because all the script kiddies are out of school for the summer, or perhaps there's something in the water that's to blame for the recent rash of hacker attacks. Whatever the reason, security breaches are once again starting to pile up. Following on the heels of a hack attack that compromised the passwords of over 450,000 Yahoo Voice users, NVIDIA
decided to temporarily shut down its Developer Zone after being the victim of a security breach as well.
"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.