Liz Gannes

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Kickstarter Bug Exposed Unreleased Projects, but Mostly to The Wall Street Journal

For the last three weeks, Kickstarter had a security hole that allowed viewing of unreleased project proposals — but no account or financial info — through its API. The Wall Street Journal, which discovered the problem, downloaded 77,000 projects and drafts from the site. But aside from that, Kickstarter said in a blog post, only 48 unlaunched projects were accessed while the bug was live, some of them by Kickstarter’s engineers working on its API.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik