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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus