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Linux Mint Forum Database Compromised for at Least a Month Before Announcement
When the Linux Mint team announced that someone managed to hack their website and redirected the people who were downloading the Linux Mint ISO to a modified version of the OS, they were fully aware that their reputation would suffer.
Even if the breach had nothing to do with the operating system itself, it's still something that remains in the collective mind of the public. As if this wasn't enough, a day after they had the hacking incident, they informed users that the forum database was completely compromised and that people really needed to change their passwords, especially if they used the same combination of user and password on other websites.
From what the Linux Mint team has said until now, we understood that this was a recent event, but it turns out that it's not the case. It's impossible to say how long ago the forum database was stolen, but a month ago it was being offered for sale.