DrawQuest was launched by Chris Poole, aka moot, the founder of 4chan, back in February 2013. However, after less than a year, in January 2014, Poole announced that his startup had failed.
A few days later, the DrawQuest Team announced that it would try to keep the service running for as long as it could. They’ve managed to do it until now, when cybercriminals compromised “the entirety of DrawQuest.”
Since the company doesn’t have any full-time employees, it’s impossible to repair the damage. As a result, DrawQuest has been shut down.
While there’s no evidence that the attackers targeted DrawQuest users, and while the passwords are properly encrypted using bcrypt, customers are advised to change their passwords as a precaution.
The company has promised to offer a downloadable archive of all drawings, but it’s uncertain when it will become available. It could take weeks or even months.
This is actually the second time one of Poole’s projects gets hacked over the past month. In late April, he revealed that someone had managed to breach 4chan. At the time, the attacker apparently wanted to expose “multiple abuses of power and violations of proper mod stewardship.”