As we recently reported, LEGO's popular BrickLink site has suffered a cyberattack, prompting the company to urge its users to renew their passwords immediately. Let's find out what happened and what the site recommends to do as soon as possible.
BrickLink: the famous platform victim of a hack in November 2023
After a service interruption of several days, BrickLink is back online. The company revealed that it had been the target of a "cyber threat and ransom demand" the previous week, prompting LEGO to suspend access to the site as a precautionary measure.
BrickLink has reopened!
Please follow the online prompts to get back into your accounts.
We encourage everyone to practice good data security. You can read more about what happened on the Forum.
Thank you again for the incredible support!
Your - relieved - BrickLink team 💛 pic.twitter.com/EQJ8KoIseX
— BrickLink (@BrickLink) November 8, 2023
The site had already detected anomalous behavior a few weeks ago, with the presence of unofficial sellers trying to extract money by listing items at exorbitant rates.
Password change recommended for users
The platform has reported that it is likely that a small number of accounts have been affected, while assuring that there are no signs that its security measures have been foiled.
However, it appears that some malicious actors have attempted to use compromised credentials to break into the platform using existing accounts. LEGO mentions the use of the "credential stuffing" technique, which involves using combinations of stolen logins and passwords in an attempt to log in en masse.
How does the BrickLink platform work? Reminder
BrickLink is an online marketplace and community for LEGO fans. It allows users to buy and sell LEGO pieces, sets, minifigures and custom creations. Founded in 2000, it has become the leading resource for collectors and enthusiasts looking for specific or rare pieces.
Users can also submit original LEGO designs and, if these creations gain enough support from the community, they have the chance to be officially produced by LEGO. BrickLink offers a collaborative platform and marketplace for LEGO enthusiasts from all over the world, fostering creativity and sharing within this passionate community.