Kickstarter hacked, customer information compromised

By Shawn Knight ยท 7 replies
Feb 15, 2014
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  1. Add Kickstarter to the growing list of sites that have recently been hacked. The crowdfunding website's CEO, Yancey Strickler, announced the security breach via blog post on Saturday and thankfully, it doesn't appear as though too much damage was done.

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    The issue with these companies' security policies is that they're reactive, not proactive. They wait until they've been hacked to do a security overhaul, instead of investing a small (when comparing to the cost of a security breach) amount of money each year for a security audit of their systems.
    Jad Chaar likes this.
  3. techseven

    techseven TS Member Posts: 18   +7

    "......began strengthening security measures throughout the entire network"

    I wonder what that really means, where they not providing the best available security for user accounts before?
  4. @techseven
    I don't think it's a matter of them not trying to provide the best protection before. More likely that there was a security vulnerability present in their system that they hadn't originally known about or conceived of to try and protect. Then when they were hacked, they work out how it happened, and then plug the hole.

    While being more proactive would certainly reduce the risk and probability of a breach, it's certainly no guarantee. Especially given how far these attackers will go to gain access, and the sophistication of the attacks themselves. Without further comment on how exactly the attackers got the data (whether from some basic security flaw, or something extremely advanced) it's unfair to assume that the company wasn't doing everything it reasonably could do to try and protect against known attack vectors.
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  5. Everyone in the world should use the password 'password' and pin number '1234'.

    If it's that damn obvious then there is no information left to steal.

    We know that privacy is dead (didn't Snowden tell us), so what does it matter who knows what about you. We should act as if we have no secret place anyway, unless you hide in your cupboard.

    Use cash, not digital currency (and that goes for Bitcoin too).

    Shop locally, as all the useless stuff you bought off eBay just helped develop China's economy, not yours.

    And most importantly, close your Facehook/Twatter accounts and turn off your PC/Tablet/Phone.

    What on earth did people do in the 80's? Well, they certainly didn't drop dead from boredom or get hacked, stolen passwords, suicide live on webcam or be electronically stalked.

    Figure it out for yourself. Don't be a target. Don't be a statistic for Google/Farcebook/MS/Apple/etc.

    Rediscover your family. Rediscover yourself. Rediscover reality.

    It's time to 'iTurn off, iTune out and Drop in'...
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    I agree.
  7. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    Exactly why I never give my real phone number when signing up for things, drives the pizza delivery people crazy when ive given a fake number when ordering online and they have tried calling because they can't find house, its too bad I don't want my number going missing in some data hack and getting scam phone calls.
  8. Cash is useless if you need to purchase items online or pay monthly cell phone bill.

    Again, shopping locally is useless if the items you need are only available online.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,555

    See, another article that goes to prove beyond a doubt that supporters of "cloud computing" have been right in their beliefs, that "the cloud" is the one true future of the information age!

    I'm going to log off here, and go leave my personal information in as many places on the internet as I possibly can.

    After all, I did want to be one more roadblock to the future!:oops:

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