The following is an update regarding a misconfigured S3 data bucket.

We recently learned that a S3 bucket containing member-uploaded images and avatars was misconfigured.

On May 4, 2022 we restricted all access to the bucket, including temporarily restricting the access of our registered users, thereby blocking anyone from viewing the images. We have also engaged a team of third-party experts to investigate. We expect that investigation to be complete soon.

On May 11, 2022, we restored user access to images on our site and enabled the functionality to view and edit avatar images, images with posts, and images in private messages in the community discussion forums.

These are the measures we have taken:

1) We reconfigured the Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 bucket, our cloud storage container, where images are stored to tighten access and role permissions per AWS best practices.

2) We removed the metadata associated with all historical and new uploaded images. This metadata is standard information that specifies the formats for images, sound, and ancillary tags used by digital cameras and commonly displayed on digital images.

3) As an additional layer of security, we also implemented pre-signed tokens that allow only the community website (or approved staff) to load or download images.

Some images may not render properly within posts, private messages, and your avatar. We are working to resolve this over time. To help us in this effort, please contact us if you do not see your avatar or images being displayed.

We'd like to take a moment to welcome our newest members and thank all members for making this community so special. As you may know, the community discussion boards are currently experiencing extensive technical difficulties. We're deeply sorry for the frustration and inconvenience this has caused. The community is the heart of our organization, and we are committed to making it right again. Our team is working hard to fix the issues within the limitations of an older base code. Please help us with this process by reporting glitches here, where you can also see our tech updates.

Completely redesigning and re-platforming the discussion boards is a top priority for This upgrade will provide a much better experience and prevent technical disruptions like those that have occurred in the past few weeks. While the site is under construction, we are offering additional virtual meet-ups on Zoom, listed in the announcements below.

We're deeply committed to improving the community experience we provide for you.

With gratitude,

Hope Wohl

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Virtual meetup for in treatment with breast cancer

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Bonded By Breast Cancer
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Virtual meetup for MBC caregivers
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