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Nokia has confirmed that its online developer community discussion forum, developer.nokia.com/community, was infiltrated by a hacker calling himself “pr0tect0r” or mrNRG, according to ZDNet. Although the company initially thought the scope of the attack affected a small number of users, they later reported that it had been considerably larger than initially suspected. However, unlike an attack that plagued Sony’s PlayStation Network earlier this year, no financial information was involved.

“The database table records includes members’ email addresses and, for fewer than 7% who chose to include them in their public profile, either birth dates, homepage URL or user names for AIM, ICQ, MSN, Skype or Yahoo. However, they do not contain sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details and so we do not believe the security of forum members’ accounts is at risk. Other Nokia accounts are not affected,” said the company in its official statement.

Nokia added that it was not aware of any misuse of the accessed data, but was communicating with affected forum members. The company added that it believed that the only potential impact to those affected may be unsolicited email.
“Though the initial vulnerability was addressed immediately, we have now taken the developer community website offline as a precautionary measure, while we conduct further investigations and security assessments. We hope to get the site back online as soon as possible,” the company stated.

In recent news, Nokia announced its new smartphone OS, Symbian Belle.

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