Discord.io HACKED

What You Need to Know and How to Protect Your Account

3 min readAug 19, 2023
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Discord is a popular online platform that allows users to communicate and collaborate through text, voice, and video chat. It is especially popular among gamers, streamers, and crypto enthusiasts. However, Discord has also been the target of several cyberattacks in the past, exposing the vulnerabilities of its security system.

The most recent data breach occurred on August 15, 2023, when a hacker managed to access the database of Discord.io, a third-party service that helps users create custom invites for their Discord servers. The hacker claimed to have downloaded the entire database, which contained information on about 760,000 users, including their email addresses, hashed passwords, and payment details. Hacker also posted some samples of the data on a dark web forum, offering to sell it to anyone interested.

According to Discord.io, the breach was caused by a malware infection on one of their support agents’ machines. The hacker was able to compromise the agent’s account and access their support ticket queue, which contained the personal information of the users who contacted them for help. Discord.io said they deactivated the compromised account and performed malware checks on the affected machine as soon as they learned of the breach. They also decided to shut down their service indefinitely until they can ensure its security.

As a user of Discord, you may be wondering how you can protect your account and data from such breaches. Here are some tips that you can follow:

- Change your password :Use a strong and unique password that is not easy to guess or crack. You can also use a password manager to generate and store your passwords securely.
- Enable two-factor authentication (2FA). 2FA adds an extra layer of security to your account by requiring a code or a device confirmation in addition to your password when you log in. You can enable 2FA on Discord by going to User Settings > My Account > Enable Two-Factor Auth.
- Be wary of phishing emails. Phishing emails are fraudulent messages that try to trick you into revealing your personal or financial information or clicking on malicious links or attachments. They may look like they are from legitimate sources, such as Discord or Discord.io, but they are actually from hackers who want to steal your data. Do not open or respond to any suspicious emails that ask for your password, payment details, or other sensitive information. You can report phishing emails to Discord by forwarding them to abuse@discord.com.
- Use antivirus software : Antivirus software can help you detect and remove any malware that may infect your device and compromise your data. You should keep your antivirus software updated and run regular scans on your device. You can also use a VPN service to encrypt your online traffic and protect your privacy.

The Discord data breach is a reminder that no online platform is immune to cyberattacks and that users should always be vigilant about their online security. By following these tips, you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of such breaches and enjoy using Discord safely and responsibly.

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