Team collaboration platform Slack has reported a March 2015 security incident in which hackers gained unauthorized access to user profiles. A post on the company’s blog noted:
We were recently able to confirm that there was unauthorized access to a Slack database storing user profile information. We have since blocked this unauthorized access and made additional changes to our technical infrastructure to prevent future incidents.
In its report, Slack notes that no financial or payment information was accessed or compromised in this attack. It also assures users that there is “no indication that the hackers were able to decrypt stored passwords”.
If you are a Slack user, you should review the detailed information about the breach on the Slack website.
We have an entire chapter devoted to data breaches and what to do about them in our eBook Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft, Internet Scams & Phone Scams. The book, written and published by Brett and Deborah Christensen, also discusses many other types of online and phone based security threats.
The eBook is in Kindle format and is available right now on Amazon.
Proceeds from book sales help fund Hoax-Slayer and allow us to continue our ongoing fight to make the Internet a safer and more enjoyable place in which to work and play.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!