2.3 Million Data Of Crowdfunding Website Patreon Hacked. Dumped Online

April 27, 2023 1:52 am2 commentsViews: 96

Crowdfunding website Patreon has been hacked and sensitive information of about 2.3 million users has been compromised. Report reveals about 15GB of data has been dumped online at multiple locations.

2.3 Million Data Of Crowdfunding Website Patreon Hacked. Dumped Online

Patreon founder Jack Conte said he is in talks with Twitter to suspend those accounts which have been linked with the stolen information. Meanwhile, he recommends users of the website to change their passwords immediately and ensure the new credential is not used into logging of any other accounts.

Security expert Troy Hunt downloaded the hacked data found dumped online and confirmed the sensitive information come from the servers of Patreon. He said the hacker group has managed to collect almost all the stored data as the security features employed were not enough.

Patreon developers said they used bcrypt algorithm to encrypt the password information. However, not to forget the recent Ashley Madison hack that too used bcrypt algorithm. Millions of passwords were thereafter cracked by decoding the algorithm.

Hunt said about 2.3 million unique email addresses have been compromised and the identities, messages and everything private of Patreon supporters are now made public.

Conte said the social security numbers, passwords and tax form information are safely encrypted with a 2048-bit RSA key.

October is data security month and it is urged to keep online information as safe as possible.

Recently 15 million customer records of T-Mobile were compromised as well as 4.6 million user records of Scottrade.


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