Developing: 2+2 poker forum Hacked

Visitors to the 2+2 poker forums on Thursday afternoon were met with the unlikely message that the popular website had been hacked. Members attempting to log-in to their 2+2 accounts and visitors to the sites Homepage are being met with the following message:

04/26/2012 2:13pm ET: Forums closed for maintenance

On April 26th at approximately 11:20 AM pacific time, the Two Plus Two Forums were closed as a result of a hacker who has displayed the ability to access e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords. He also indicated the ability to decrypt passwords.

While it is unclear the extent of data to which he gained access, e-mail addresses and passwords on the Two Plus Two forums should be considered compromised. If you have used your 2+2 password on any other site, you are advised to change it.

For your security we are closing the forums until the breach is patched.

We hope to be back up as soon as possible.

According to a message Tweeted out by poker writer and 2+2 moderator Kevin “KevMath” Mathers, fellow 2+2 moderator Noah “NoahSD” Stephens-Davidowitz clarified the breach via his Twitter account, stating:

“To clarify, you should change your password on all sites that use the same password as 2p2 EXCEPT for 2p2 itself. AFAIK, the vulnerability still exists, and the forum is down, so changing your password on 2p2 right now is pointless.”

At about 4:30 EDT E-Mail messages were sent out to 2+2 forum members, with the same message that is appearing on the site.

2+2 is considered the go-to place for breaking poker news, opinions, and all manner of idle gossip and speculation. If there is a major story breaking, or rumors circulating, you can be fairly certain that 2+2 will have the most up-to-date information on the subject.

Of course, the forum is also one of the most criticized entities in the poker world, drawing the ire from many in the poker world over the ambiguous and often unfairly applied rules of the forum, as well as for the overwhelming number of worthless posts the site is famous for.

The hacking has shut the poker forum for going on two hours at the time of writing, with no announced plans for getting g the site back online. This while the poker community is desperately seeking information and looking for updated information on the potential sale of Full Tilt Poker to PokerStars, which produced a lengthy thread on the 2+2 forums since the rumors first started to swirl on Tuesday.

We’ll keep you up-to-date on the hacking and any fallout that comes from it as more information is revealed.

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