Sunday, February 16, 2014

Kickstarter crowdfuning site hacked; no financial data compromised but other PII possibly taken

The crowdfunding website Kickstarter was hacked recently, compromising the PII of contributors (like names and addresses) but no credit card information.  However, a hostile party could be more interested in knowing who had funded politically or socially sensitive media projects.  Imagine something like this in Russia or in some hostile circumstances. 
Reuters has a news story here
Kickstarter offers information about projects by geographic locality (which it senses when you go to the website), and has a “Projects We Love” page here
Although Kickstarter probably would not work as a way to fund the most eclectic of my own screenplays (into becoming films), it could be very useful for a couple of incomplete projects (more potentially popular) of others in my own cultural circle.  That could be good for me indirectly. 

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