Parenting site Mumsnet hit by Heartbleed bug

Members of the popular website Mumsnet have been hit by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug. Photo / Thinkstock
Members of the popular website Mumsnet have been hit by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug. Photo / Thinkstock

Popular parenting website Mumsnet has revealed data from its site has been stolen by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug, the Daily Mail reports.

It is believed that the cyber thieves may have obtained passwords and personal messages from Mumsnet users.

Read more: Herald request - Please change your passwords

The major breakdown in Internet security revealed last week has potentially exposed the personal and financial data of millions of people stored online.

The damage caused by the "Heartbleed" bug is still currently unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years.

In an email to its members, Mumsnet said: "... it became apparent that what is widely known as the Heartbleed bug had been used to access data from Mumsnet users' accounts.

"We have no way of knowing which Mumsnetters were affected by this."

"The worst case scenario is that the data of every Mumsnet user account was accessed," the email said.

People have been urged to change their details in response to the internet-wide bug, but it has emerged that changing login details may not boost security at all.

Some experts are advising users to change all their passwords across every site they have an account for, while others are being a little more selective.

Mumsnet founder and chief executive Justine Roberts said all registered Mumsnet users are required to change their passwords.

"We have no way of knowing which or how many accounts were affected but have advised users to change passwords on other sites particularly if they use the same password on Mumsnet as elsewhere."

- NZ Herald

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