Kickstarter hacked, credit cart data untouched but password change required

By Brenna Hillier
16 February 2014 21:43 GMT

Kickstarter has advised registered users of a security breach, and while it has already taken steps to close the loop and nothing too sensitive was obtained by the hackers, it’s best that you change your password immediately.


Kicvkstarter was alerted to the hack by law enforcement officials on Wednesday last week, and has already both patched the hole the hackers used and begun implementing more rigorous security measures.

The hackers gained access to usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. Although the passwords were encrypted, Kickstarter is recommending users change their log-in, as encryption is not impossible to bypass – and you should also refresh your password on any site you use the same log-in details for.

Kickstarter has not detected any fraudulent activity on accounts as a result of the hack, and credit card information was not accessed, thankfully.

“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,” Kickstarter wrote.

“We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”

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