Data Breach At Beer Advocate

, Data Breach At Beer AdvocateBefore you freak out, know that this happened a while ago, between 2012 and 2013. And although passwords were possibly stolen, financial information was not lost, nor was information that might possibly lead to identity theft…

But emails and passwords were compromised at that time which may explain that post in your name recommending Busch Light Apple.

This from BeerAdvocate


We recently became aware of a breach of BeerAdvocate user data that occurred between 2012 and 2013.

After a thorough investigation from an independent third party cyber security firm, it was confirmed that BeerAdvocate user login credentials (email address, BeerAdvocate forum password) were lost and aggregated along with breaches of other websites into a breach dataset that became known as CouponMom 2014. Importantly, BeerAdvocate did not possess or lose any financial information or information that is likely to lead to identity theft.

The exact method of breach could not be determined, due to the incident occurring seven to eight years ago. However, from the number of emails involved and understanding the password hashing scheme in use in that timeframe, it is possible that the BeerAdvocate third party forum software user database was compromised, and a since-retired password hashing method allowed some passwords to be derived.

New management at Next Glass has thoroughly investigated this matter in order to disclose the relevant information needed to provide transparency.

In the years since 2013, BeerAdvocate’s forum software and its password hashing scheme has been upgraded to salted multiple iteration-SHA-256. Website traffic is encrypted and routed through a reputable internet security provider. Two-factor authentication (2FA) is offered to all users.

Since the acquisition of certain BeerAdvocate assets in February 2020, BeerAdvocate’s platform has been migrated to a more secure infrastructure.

Password resets have been initiated in tandem with email contact to the BeerAdvocate user community. We prioritize user data and safety and have continued to upgrade the platform’s infrastructure to ensure best-in-class data protection.

We take the security of your data extremely seriously.

You can reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

, Data Breach At Beer AdvocateFounded in in 1996 by brothers Jason and Todd Alström, BeerAdvocate was a magazine and remains an online platform for beer reviews and sometimes feisty craft beer discussions…

The company pulled the plug on the magazine in 2019 and Next Glass purchased its online operation in 2020.

If you’ve heard of Next Glass Inc., it’s probably because you use the popular Untappd app which was founded by Greg Avola and Tim Mather in 2010, and became a subsidiary of Next Glass in 2016.

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