Secrets of Rætikon Indiegogo funds stolen and spent, will be returned

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 02:02 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Secrets of Rætikon developer Broken Rules lost a wad of its crowdfunding cash to a hacker, who used the money to purchase, among other things, a couple of PlayStation 4 consoles.

Somebody hacked Broken Rules’ PayPal account and spent $2,500 of the cash garnered from the Secrets of Rætikon Indiegogo campaign, Broken Rules told Joystiq.

Some of the money was used to order three PS4 consoles, co-founder Martin Pichlmair said, but PayPal believes all the money will be returned.

The developer now has full control over its account, and can continue collecting funds; it believes the account’s password was cracked, leading to the breach. The hacker is unlikely to be identified.

“This feels like someone breaking into your house and we were super-stressed out for a whole day. We’re on the last stretch of our crowdfunding campaign and this incident is really taxing. Gladly there wasn’t too much money on our PayPal account at that point,” Pichlmair said.

The crowdfunding campaign is nearly over; buying in nets you alpha access.

Speaking of Secrets of Rætikon, check out this great trailer featuring indie developers giving their take on how to pronounce the damn thing.

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