Kickstarter alerts users of data theft

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Popular crowdsourcing website, Kickstarter, alerted its users Saturday that hackers had obtained access to private information.

Kickstarter was alerted to the hack Wednesday night by law enforcement.

In an official email, Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler said that no credit card information was stolen, but that email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords were taken.

“We’re incredibly sorry that this happened,” said Strickler. “We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting.”

Strickler said the security breach had been sealed and that the company was taking measures to prevent future breaches.

The full email can be read below:

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 your account.

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 have reset your Facebook login credentials to secure your account. No further action is necessary on your part.

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

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