By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 23:36 BST, 3 September 2019 | Updated: 23:39 BST, 3 September 2019
A popular web comic informed patrons of its online forum that a data breach leaked sensitive information of more than a half-million users.
The online comic, called XKCD -- which ironically comments on science and tech culture, including web security -- disclosed the breach over the weekend after being alerted by researchers from the data breach website, Have I Been Pwned.
Have I Been Pwned was initially made aware of the hack by security researcher Adam Davies.
Forums for the comic have since been taken offline as administrators of the site look to secure it once again.
Hackers have stolen sensitive data from 560,000 patrons of an online forum related to the web comic XKCD which comments on science and tech culture.
'The xkcd forums are currently offline. We've been alerted that portions of the PHPBB user table from our forums showed up in a leaked data collection. The data includes usernames, email addresses, salted, hashed passwords, and in some cases an IP address from the time of registration,' wrote administrators wrote according to a report from Vice.
'We’ve taken the forums offline until we can go over them and make sure they're secure. If you're an echochamber.me/xkcd forums user, you should immediately change your password for any other accounts on which you used the same or a similar password.'
The attack, which happened in July, apparently exploited an