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Hackers grab 400,000 Nvidia user passwords; company investigating

July 13, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Nvidia, a semiconductor maker, said 400,000 of its users' passwords were compromised by hackers.
Nvidia, a semiconductor maker, said 400,000 of its users' passwords… (Nvidia )

Nvidia, a semiconductor maker, said as many as 400,000 of its users' passwords were stolen by hackers.

The company, which makes parts used in Apple and Google products, among others, said attacks this month resulted in hackers compromising its users' encrypted passwords. As a result, the company told the Los Angeles Times, it has suspended five of its websites as it investigates the matter.

A spokesman for the company said that despite the passwords being "scrambled using an encrypted algorithim," hackers were still able to steal them, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Nvidia told the Los Angeles Times that the accounts belonged to users of the Nvidia Forum, Developer Zone and Research Site, which the company has now suspended.

As a precaution, the company said it has also suspended its Nvidia Board Store, through which users can buy company products, and the Nvidia Gear Store, where the company sells company merchandise.

How did the hackers take the passwords? "We're working hard on it, but we're not done," a company spokesman said regarding its investigation.

Nvidia said it has contacted its affected users and is communicating with them via direct email.

The Nvidia attack is the latest in a slew of high-profile hacks.

Earlier this week, 450,000 accounts were hacked from Yahoo. Formspring, a social media site, also was hacked recently.

Last month, attacks compromised 6.5 million LinkedIn accounts and 1.5 million accounts from other sites, including eHarmony.

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