Important Downtime Update
on May 8, 2020
On May 6th, we had a period of unexpected downtime for the site which we determined was due to a bad actor gaining access to an an account with administrative privileges. Due to this, they were able to drop the user table in the database and post several news articles with derogatory content. We have resolved the issue and restored a backup of the user data from November (sorry if you lost some data, we should be backing up a bit more regularly :P) so things should be pretty much back to normal now.
We don't believe they had any way to easily extract any sensitive data from the user table, but we advise you change your password regardless and avoid password reuse as always.
However, as a precautionary measure, throughout the upcoming days we will be extensively upgrading the website's security which will hopefully ensure that even if another account ever gets compromised, there should be no risk of exposed user data. As a heads-up, this will involve all user sessions being reset which means you'll have to log in again. Just be prepared.
As an added benefit to the updates, we will be attempting to upgrade the PHP version SocialCu.be uses which should help improve website performance for free! So that's at least some good news.
Sorry we took until now to communicate about the breach, but we wanted to make sure we could get as accurate of a picture of the situation as possible in order to better inform everyone. Thanks for sticking with us and we hope you'll enjoy the benefits of the site update once it's complete.