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Crowdfunding site hit by major data leak

Crowdfunding site hit by major data leak
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The crowdfunding site Patreon is aimed at supporting "creators," primarily in the world of media. Its motto is "We want to help every creator in the world achieve sustainable income." Unfortunately the site was a target of hackers, who have released 15GB worth of donation and password information as well as source code from the site.

A security researcher named Troy Hunt has analyzed the data released in the breach, and found 2.3 million unique email addresses, his own included. Passwords were encrypted using a method called bcrypt, which is time-intensive for hackers to crack. But because source code was included as well, that could make them easier to crack. That's exactly what happened with the Ashley Madison hack last month.

Patreon subscribers should immediately change their password for the crowdfunding site. Although no credit card numbers were hacked, whatever donations Patreon users made to various projects is available now for anyone to see. "You can determine how much those using Patreon are making," Hunt wrote in a tweet.

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Source: Ars Technica
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