Info From 15 Million Breached Kickstarter and Bitly Accounts Is Now Publicly Available [Updated]

Probably this guy’s fault

This morning we got dual accessible alerts from Have we Been Pwned, a giveaway use that marks information breaches and tells we if your info was exposed. It told me that my aged passwords for Kickstarter and Bitly, breached in 2014, were now publicly accessible (though encrypted) online.

Bitly (the URL shortener) and Kickstarter (the slim-wallet store) had announced these breaches behind when they detected them. That breached comment info, that includes usernames and encrypted passwords, has finally worked a approach onto a open internet.


Have we Been Pwned has taken that info and cataloged it. The site never reveals supportive information, though if we give it your email address, it can tell we if a compared comment was exposed.

Let this remind we of 3 good confidence habits:

  1. Sign adult for Have we Been Pwned’s alerts (click “Notify me” in a tip menu), so any time an comment with your email residence gets publicly exposed, Have we Been Pwned can forewarn you, and we can change your cue if we already haven’t.
  2. Never re-use passwords! Not even once. Don’t let one penetrate display your comment on 5 opposite sites. “But we customarily re-use passwords on sites that don’t matter!” we competence say. But afterwards we use one site to sanction another, or we give a site your credit label info, and unexpected that comment unequivocally matters. Your accounts will get hacked. You can customarily enclose a damage.
  3. Instead, use a cue manager. Then we won’t have to remember your passwords, we won’t have to make them up, we won’t even have to type them. Plus this manager will warning we about hacks, customarily earlier than HaveIBeenPwned. Life will be easy and free.

Update Oct 6, 6:00 PM: We’ve nice “hack” to “breach” throughout, and specified that a breached passwords were encrypted, to some-more accurately simulate a Kickstarter and breaches. In many breaches elsewhere, passwords have been unprotected in transparent text. Have we Been Pwned has some-more sum on these dual breaches, and many others, in that link.

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