Cyber Security Threat 2015: Crowdfunding Site Patreon Targeted by Hackers; Large Amount of User Data Leaked Online

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Patreon, the crowdfunding site designed for artists and creators, was recently targeted in a massive cyber attack. The data breach led to around 15GB of users’ information being stolen by the hackers and leaked online. The attack on the site was confirmed by Patreon CEO Jack Conte on September 30. According to the executive, the site has already taken the necessary steps to ensure the security of its users. “Yesterday I learned that there was unauthorized access to a Patreon database containing user information,” he wrote. “Our engineering team has since blocked this access and taken immediate measures to prevent future breaches.” The Market Business┬áreported that security researcher Troy Hunt said that details of Patreon users were then posted on various online forums. He was able to access these sites and confirmed that the leaked details are authentic. According to Hunt, the leak includes users’ names, email addresses, shipping addresses and messages sent to other users. After going to the released details, he found a total of 2.3 real email addresses including his own, Ars Technica┬áhas learned. Despite the data breach, Conte assured users that credit card details were not stolen during the cyber attack. He also noted that although […]

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