Nokia has take down the forum at developer.nokia.com to investigate a security breach there last week. Although at first they thought very few users details had been accessed, they have now found that the number is “significantly larger”. While these tables don’t contain highly sensitive information like credit cards numbers of social security details, for about 7% of members they contain details like birthdays and various email and social network ID’s.
Although Nokia says they are not aware of any misuse of information, they have taken down the forum to investigate and tighten security. Nokia is sending out a statement to members by email, and has put it on the community home page. The full statement from Nokia is below:
You may have seen reports or received an email from us regarding a recent security breach on this developer.nokia.com/community discussion forum.
During our ongoing investigation of the incident we have discovered that a database table containing developer forum members’ email addresses has been accessed, by exploiting a vulnerability in the bulletin board software that allowed an SQL Injection attack. Initially we believed that only a small number of these forum member records had been accessed, but further investigation has identified that the number is significantly larger.
The database table records includes members’ email addresses and, for fewer than 7% who chose to include them in their public profile, either birth dates, homepage URL or usernames for AIM, ICQ, MSN, Skype or Yahoo. However, they do not contain sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details and so we do not believe the security of forum members’ accounts is at risk. Other Nokia accounts are not affected.
We are not aware of any misuse of the accessed data, but we are communicating with affected forum members, though we believe the only potential impact to them may be unsolicited email. Nokia apologizes for this incident.
Though the initial vulnerability was addressed immediately, we have now taken the developer community website offline as a precautionary measure, while we conduct further investigations and security assessments. We hope to get the site back online as soon as possible and will post developments here in the meantime.
If you have any questions on this, please contact Nokia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nokia Developer website team.