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Patreon donor details apparently spilled after massive hack

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    Crowdfunding site Patreon has become the latest victim of a data breach, though this one’s slightly more interesting than your garden variety hack.

    Patreon acknowledged the breach on September 30, saying that hackers gained access to names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses, along with some billing addresses that added prior to 2014. The site also reported unauthorized access to encrypted passwords, social security numbers, and tax form information. Credit card data wasn’t compromised in the breach.

    The theft of encrypted passwords and social security numbers isn’t unheard of in data breaches, and while it’s possible to crack the encryption with enough effort, Patreon at least used a powerful hashing function called bcrypt. This should make any cracking attempts much slower and more difficult due to the computational power required.

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