Reddit Hit by ‘Serious’ Hack, Usernames and Emails Reported Taken

Site’s earliest users’ profile information breached

Reddit was hacked recently, leaving the emails of many current users — as well as a wide range of information from its earliest adopters — vulnerable, the social news aggregation site said Wednesday.

The “serious attack” happened in June, according to a company blog post. “A few” of Reddit’s employees were compromised, allowing the hacker to take “all Reddit data from 2007 and before.” The hacker also grabbed Reddit “email digests” from June, giving them a look at the posts recommended to users based on the content they’ve shown an interest in. The logs can also be used to connect usernames and email addresses.

Reddit did not say how many users were impacted by the breach.

“We are working with federal law enforcement, and have also taken measures to both address this current situation and prevent similar incidents in the future,” the company’s Wednesday announcement read. “A small number of users were affected and have been notified.”

The hacked 2007 database included a myriad of information, including usernames, emails and private messages. The site — first launched in 2005 — said it will notify such first-generation users and will be resetting their passwords.

The hack could have just as much of an impact on Reddit’s internal operation. Chief technology officer Christopher Slowe said, “Reddit source code, internal logs, configuration files and other employee workspace files” were breached — providing the hacker with a thorough look at the company’s practices.