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Reddit Company Data Stolen in Hack

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Reddit assured user data wasn’t touched, though users may want to enable security features to be safe.

Earlier this week, social platform Reddit announced that they had experienced a phishing attack earlier this month, resulting in the theft of company data.

“Based on our investigation so far, Reddit user passwords and accounts are safe, but on Sunday night (pacific time), Reddit systems were hacked as a result of a sophisticated and highly-targeted phishing attack,” the statement on the official Reddit subreddit reads. “They gained access to some internal documents, code, and some internal business systems.”

Apparently, the hacker, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, managed to access Reddit’s files by sending a real-looking prompt to a Reddit employee and taking advantage of their access when they clicked on it. The hacker was then able to access “some internal docs, code, as well as some internal dashboards and business systems.”

After an investigation, Reddit determined that no user data was compromised in the attack. However, in the interest of safety, they are recommending users enable advanced security features. “Based on several days of initial investigation by security, engineering, and data science (and friends!), we have no evidence to suggest that any of your non-public data has been accessed, or that Reddit’s information has been published or distributed online,” the company said. “Since we’re talking about security and safety, this is a good time to remind you how to protect your Reddit account… Learn how to enable 2FA in Reddit Help.”