Nvidia suspended its Developer Zone forum and started an investigation after 400,000 hacked credentials were posted online. Though it described the attack as targeting only “a small proportion of users,” the company warned members should change identical passwords they use elsewhere.
“Nvidia suspended operations today of the Nvidia Developer Zone,” the firm’s representatives said after the password breach. “We did this in response to attacks on the site by unauthorised third parties who may have gained access to hashed passwords.”
Users are also advised not to give personal, financial or sensitive information (including new passwords) in response to any email purporting to be sent by an Nvidia employee, as the company won’t request this type of information by email.
The Nvidia password breach follows a recent Yahoo Voice hack that made more than 450,000 credentials vanish in one go. Yahoo apologized for the affected users who had their passwords and usernames stored in plain text, and said they have fixed the vulnerability.
From its roots in visual computing, Nvidia expanded into parallel and mobile computing. Today, its processors power products ranging from smart phones to supercomputers, and the company holds more than 2,300 patents worldwide.