We were recently made aware of a security breach that affected all of our servers hosted with Amazon, which includes the ones that previously hosted Canvas. The person(s) used our account to order hundreds of expensive servers, likely to mine Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. When we detected this activity, we immediately locked down the account.
Unfortunately we have no way of knowing what, if any, information was accessed by the attacker(s). It’s possible they only used our account to order servers, however it’s also possible they accessed our database, and thus user e-mail addresses, encrypted passwords, and other information.
We’d suggest you consider changing your e-mail account password, and the passwords of any services you connected with Canvas. Although Canvas account passwords were encrypted in our database using a modern, secure method called bcrypt, it’s better to be safe than sorry. To reiterate, we found no evidence of an attack targeting Canvas or its users directly, but since we’re unable to conduct a thorough investigation, we can’t know for sure what was accessed.
We’re extremely sorry this happened, and will do our best to ensure no further breaches occur.
As you may have read earlier this week, we shared some sad news with the world—that our company is shutting down and our team going their separate ways.
Unfortunately it won’t be possible for us to continue to host Canvas going forward, and we’re doing our best to make the transition as smooth as possible for our dedicated users.
For one, you’ll be able to download a copy of your contributions. Be on the lookout for an e-mail with a personal download link shortly.
Downloading all of those images may take some time, so for the power users among us, we’d recommend using a tool like HTTrack to download the entire directory.
We’re also exploring options for hosting an archive of threads, and if we’re able to find a host, we’ll send out another e-mail with a link to the archive.
If you’d like to keep in touch with your fellow Canvasaurs, a lot of active users have formed a Facebook group, which you can join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CDRefugeeCamp/
We’re extremely grateful for your support, and sorry that Canvas will be closing. Thanks so much for being a part of something special for these past three years. While Canvas may not go on, we hope the spirit of remix will march forward.
We are deeply saddened to announce that our company is shutting down, Canvas is closing, and Team Canvas will be going their separate ways.
In the next few days Canvas will be turned off, and you’ll receive an e-mail with instructions for how to download a personal archive of your contributions.
We want to thank you for all the support and creativity you’ve shown us these past three years. It’s been an amazing ride and we could not have done it without you. We hope you carry on building the relationships you made on Canvas, spreading the love for monocles and mustaches, and continue to remix the Universe.