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The Ubuntu Forums website has been broken into and users' credentials stolen en masse, according to a notice from Canonical, the owner, at the site.

Canonical said while the passwords of users were not stored as plain text, it was advisable for anyone using the same username-password combination elsewhere to change them as soon as possible.

The company said other services it hosts, including Ubuntu One and Launchpad, had not been affected by the break-in.

The website break-in was reported on 20 July when a defacement was noticed.

It is not clear at this point whether the break-in was achieved through a vulnerability in the software being used to host the forum or through a vulnerability in the operating system on which the forum software was running.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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