Kickstarter Hacked, Password Change is Advised to All Users

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It’s not anime related but it is worth mentioning, as over the weekend crowd-funding website Kickstarter announced that hackers had manage to gain access and obtain personal details. As it stands credit card details were not compromised, but it is assumed that username and password details were obtained, however these are encrypted for protection measures.

Kickstarter is currently advising all users to update their passwords on the website and report any stage behaviours to their customer service team.

On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers’ data. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.

No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.

While no credit card data was accessed, some information about our customers was. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one.

As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password.

To change your password, log in to your Kickstarter account and look for the banner at the top of the page to create a new, secure password. We recommend you do the same on other sites where you use this password. For additional help with password security, we recommend tools like 1Password and LastPass.

We’re incredibly sorry that this happened. We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting. We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.

Kickstarter is a vibrant community like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of it. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach us at accountsecurity@kickstarter.com.

Thank you,

Yancey Strickler
Kickstarter CEO

Basically if you’ve previously supported a project on Kickstarter, such as All The Anime’s Mai Mai Miracle campaign or Studio Rikkia’s Time of Eve campaign, then I’d recommend visiting the kickstarter website in order to change your password details. Luckily credit card payments (unless you’ve supported a project outside of the US) are done via Amazon or Paypal Payments, both of which were not effected during this attack on the website. Either way a password change is still advised.

UK DVD Release of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan – Season 2 Part 1 Will Now Be Released in March

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Manga Entertainment UK has today taken to twitter to confirm that the UK DVD Release of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan – Season 2 Part 1 has been changed, and that it will now be released on the 10th March 2014.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan – Season 2 Part 1 was initially slated for release on the 3rd February 2014 but it will now be released on the 10th March 2014. It’s not clear if this change in release date is a delay on Kaze’s side (who is authoring the discs) or if its just an alteration to the release schedule, either way this first half of the second series will not be released next month, but instead on the 10th March 2014.

Kaze Delay’s UK Release of Bleach Series 11 and Pengiundrum Box 2

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It seem’s like a bad week for Manga Entertainment UK as not only has Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works suffered a month long delay (as mentioned earlier in the week) but now Kaze’s UK release of Bleach Series 11 and Penguindrum Box 2, both of which are distributed into the UK via Manga Entertainment UK, are now also suffering delays.

Both Bleach – Series 11 and Penguindrum Box 2 were originally intended to be launched next month, however due to an undisclosed reason both releases have now been delayed until September (Bleach) and October (Penguin Drum).

Hi everyone. Today we have been informed by Kaze of two release date amendments.
Bleach Complete Series 11 will now be released on 2nd September and Penguindrum Part 2 will now be released on 7th October.

For those unaware, Manga Entertainment UK distributes a wide variety of titles from Kaze in the UK.

Both of these titles are available to pre-order now.
Pre-order Bleach Complete Series 11 at http://ow.ly/mTOpM
Pre-order Penguindrum Part 2 at http://ow.ly/mTOx2

The following date amendments will be updated on online retailer listings shortly. ^JG

So to re-cap that’s three Manga distributed titles delayed within less than a week, but you have to keep in mind that, unlike Fate/Stay Night, Manga UK have no involvement with the production of Bleach or Penguin Drum as these are both produced by Kaze and then are distributed to suppliers via Manga UK.

Either way Bleach Series 11 will now be released on the 2nd September 2013 while Penguindrum Box 2 will be released on the 7th October 2013, both of which will only be available on DVD.

Un-Go Delay Confirmed, Will now Release in July

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You may recall earlier in the week that I mentioned, via Twitter, that the UK release date for Un-Go – The Complete Series had been altered on a variety of websites, including Manga UK’s own Publicity firm. However since we had no confirmation I decided not mention anything on the blog.

Well today Manga Entertainment UK have took to Twitter and Facebook to confirm that the UK Release of Un-Go has indeed been delayed and it will now launch next month, however this delay has nothing to do with the technical issue that was revealed last week.

According to the statement (which can be seen below) the reason for the delay is due an unexpected delay in the deliverer of the stock, basically the stock would not arrive at suppliers in time for the launch day, and so the release date has been changed.

Hello Everyone,
We wanted to inform you that due to an unexpected shipping delay of stock the release of Un-Go: Complete Box Set has now been pushed back to the 8th July.
We apologise for this but it is completely unavoidable.

As mentioned this delay has nothing to do with the technical issue found within the Blu-ray disc, so if you plan on watching the Blu-ray disc on a Panasonic Blu-ray Player you may still experience the technical error, the DVD discs however are in perfect working order.

Un-Go – The Complete Series, which is being released as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will now be released on the 8th July 2013.