Social Media Newsfeed: Kickstarter Hacking | Olympics Sponsored Posts

Kickstarter accounts hacked. Some Olympians letting sponsors taking over social media accounts. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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kickstarter-logo-k-colorChange Your Kickstarter Password Now: Hackers Broke in to the Platform Last Week (VentureBeat)
Popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter sent a memo to all of its customers Saturday night, informing them that hackers had gained access to some customer data, including usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords. “We’re incredibly sorry that this happened,” Kickstarter wrote in its email. “We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting.” The New York Times “No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers,” Kickstarter’s chief executive, Yancey Strickler, wrote in a blog post on Saturday on the company’s website. “There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts,” he wrote. Reuters Kickstarter does not store full credit card numbers. It does store the last four digits and expiration dates of credit cards for projects based outside the U.S., but Strickler insisted that “none of this data was in any way accessed,” in the post. Mashable While Kickstarter has certainly garnered good will with users over the years, some may question why the crowdfunding site waited nearly four days before informing them about the hack, and instructing them to change their password information. “For everyone’s security, we wanted to be sure the breach was fully secured before notifying all of our customers,” according to a company message Mashable received in response to an email sent to accountsecurity@kickstarter.com. The Wall Street Journal The breach comes after discount retailer Target Corp. said it believes hackers infiltrated the computers of one of its vendors, and installed malicious software in Target’s checkout system for its 1,800 U.S. stores. Experts believe the thieves gained access during the busy holiday season to about 40 million credit and debit card numbers.

Some Olympians Turning Over Social Media Accounts to Sponsors (Fox News/AP)
Between photos and insights about their Olympic experience, some Olympians are turning over their social media accounts to sponsors, agreeing to quotas of postings on Twitter and Facebook and letting other people send commercial messages in their name. The agents for U.S. figure skaters Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold both say sponsors draft some of their tweets, plugging their brands.

Pinterest Adds GIFs to Mobile (SocialTimes)
Pinterest added support for GIFs to their mobile apps on Friday. The new feature was the result of one of the company’s “Make-a-thons,” described by Pinterest as an “all-night creativity fest.”

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Simon Cowell: Baby Eric Makes Me Feel ‘Love and Pride’ (amNewYork)
Simon Cowell is a proud dad of a baby “Idol.” He tweeted a family photo that included girlfriend Lauren Silverman, 36, and baby Eric.

Report: Facebook Mobile’s Share of Referrals Growing Rapidly (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s emphasis on becoming a mobile company is paying off in terms of referrals, as Shareaholic reported that referrals to its network of more than 200,000 sites from Facebook mobile skyrocketed 197 percent in January compared with last September. Shareaholic also found that Facebook mobile drove 8.25 percent of visits to its network of sites in January, while Facebook overall was responsible for 16.21 percent, meaning that mobile accounted for more than one-half of referrals from the social network.

Twitter Reports Image Blocking in Venezuela (USA Today)
Twitter said Friday that Venezuela had blocked images on its service following an anti-government protest that turned bloody, and it offered a workaround for users who want to get tweets via text message on their cellphones. Hacktivists, meanwhile, defaced and knocked various government websites offline, organizing and choreographing online denial-of-service attacks that flood sites with traffic, making them temporarily unreachable.