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Crowdfunding site Patreon has been hacked

Crowdfunding site Patreon has been hacked


Personal information was leaked during a security breach

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In a note posted last night, Jack Conte, CEO of crowdfunding site Patreon, said personal information of users had been accessed during a security breach. The information, according to Conte, included "registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses," as well as some billing addresses added before 2014.

No credit card numbers were taken in the breach, and Patreon says that, although accessed, "all passwords, social security numbers, and tax form information" were properly encrypted. Still, the company rightly suggests that now would be a good time for users to change their passwords.

Patreon launched in 2013 as a crowdfunding company focused on an artistic clientele. By the next year, it had 100,000 registered users.

Conte, in the note, says the company "is now conducting a rigorous investigation" of its systems.