Bad day for Ubuntu: phone pics leaked and forums hacked

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The future’s looking pretty good for Canonical at the moment, what with Ubuntu Touch on the horizon and lots of carriers potentially interested in offering for sale. The present… not so much. There’s a big sign over the popular Ubuntu Forums community homepage that says closed for business, while admins try to fix a security breach which has apparently left 1.82 million usernames and passwords compromised, and then some wag reckons they’ve stolen pics of the forthcoming Ubuntu Edge phone from another unprotected directory on Canonical servers.

All in all, not good at all – and you’ll need to double check all your passwords as it looks like the hacker has usernames, emails and passwords all in unencrypted form. If you’ve used the same password anywhere else, change it fast.

The kicker is that the phone is due to be announced tomorrow and it looks, frankly, beautiful. See below for the full gallery.

(via Google+)

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.