Kickstarter Says It Was Hacked; Change Your Passwords

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Kickstarter this afternoon sent out an email telling users that hackers have compromised and accessed their data. While credit card information was not involved in the breach, Kickstarter is advising that users change their passwords here, and for any account where the same password is used.


"Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords," the email said (repeated in this blog post.) "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."

"We're incredibly sorry that this happened," Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler said in the post. "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."

Important Kickstarter Security Notice [Kickstarter]



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