GameDevelopers.ie Site Statement 25th August 2014

 

Dear GameDevelopers.ie Users,

 

As you may have seen, on the 24th of July GameDevelopers.ie was down for several days. Following this several GameDevelopers.ie users begun to receive very targeted phishing emails trying to get login details for Bank of Ireland, including some sent to email accounts set up specifically for GameDevelopers.ie, and nothing else. We now believe that the site was hacked into (which broke the site) and potentially the entire database was compromised.

In line with current best practice we are taking down the current GameDevelopers.ie site with immediate effect. We only store usernames, skills profiles and the contents of private messages. Passwords were encrypted, and we have never stored any financial information.

However, if you used your username/email address and password associated with GameDevelopers.ie anywhere else we highly recommend that you change them.

Since April 2014 a team of volunteers has been working hard to redevelop the site and we are in the process of migrating the content and forums to brand new software. We had intended to launch the site in the next month or two and this is still our plan. Once we come back online with the new site you will receive an email and be asked to choose a new password.

If you can volunteer time to the GameDevelopers.ie V2 effort or want to follow our progress please follow/contact @AphraK. We are also seeking help from our more technical/hackery members to do a security audit and avoid this happening again.

We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused our members.

 

Sincerely,

The GameDevelopers.ie Volunteer Team

 

P.S.: If you have a few minutes we would appreciate your feedback on GameDevelopers.ie via this 15 question survey, which can be found here. Your feedback will be used to help shape the future direction of GameDevelopers.ie.