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This article was published on October 1, 2015

    Patreon was hacked, personal data accessed

    Patreon was hacked, personal data accessed
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

    Former TNW employee

    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    Patreon, a service that makes it easy to financially back creators, has been hacked and some personal data was breached.

    According to an email sent to users, the service found unauthorized access to a database containing full names, email addresses and shipping addresses.

    The company also found that encrypted social security numbers and passwords were accessed, but claims they’re securely hashed and couldn’t be read.

    A blog post from the company’s CEO says that the data was accessed from a debugging server that wasn’t used for hosting its website, but the development server did contain a copy of the real customer data.

    We recommend you change your password as soon as possible, even though it’s unlikely attackers can decrypt it.

    Important security notice from Patreon [Patreon]

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