Slack Got Hacked



Slack, the super-slick team chat-room service, is getting popular fast. Word around the rumor mill is that it’s currently raising funds at a $2.8 billion valuation. And in the words of the late, great Biggie Smalls: Mo Money, Mo Problems. In the case of startups, success can make your databases a juicy target for hackers.

The bad news: Slack got hacked. Sometime in February, hackers were able to peruse Slack’s central database for up to four days.

The good news: The company patched the holes buffed up its available security features.

In a blog post on the topic, Slack’s head of Policy/Compliance Anne Toth detailed the intrusion.

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • Hackers were able to get into Slack’s central user database
  • This database included usernames, email addresses, encrypted passwords, and any user-profile stuff people chose to add to their account (phone numbers, Skype IDs, etc.)
  • Going a step further than…

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