Crowd Funding Website Kickstarter Hacked: Users Personal Details Accessed

Photo courtesy of Kickstarter
Photo courtesy of Kickstarter

 

If you’ve ever backed something via the crowd funding website Kickstarter, you know how good it feels to be a part of something special and help an artist achieve his or her dreams and make something a reality that otherwise would may never had gotten off the ground.

What is not a nice feeling is to get an email from Kickstarter informing you that some unscrupulous person had hacked their way into the Kickstarter data base and stolen our personal information. Usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords were accessed, but Kickstarter was adamant that “No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.”

Kickstarter have advised anyone with an account on their site to change their password immediately to a new and secure one and to do the same on any other site that you may use the same password for.

The account security department at Kickstarter are working closely with law enforcement to prevent this type of thing from happening again and will be continuing to update their security procedures and systems over the coming months.

Personally, I applaud the team at Kickstarter for being on top of this breach and for reaching out to account holders to inform us and to reassure that steps have been taken to rectify the issue.

For anyone wishing to read the letter from Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler, or for any account holders who for some reason, may have failed to receive the email, head over to the Kickstarter website to read it in its entirety.

 

 

 

Sarah Goddard

Sarah Goddard is the Senior Managing Editor of 4 Your Excitement. In addition to 4YE, she worked at PopWrapped as a Content Editor. Sarah is the mother to a wonderful 5 year old son, nurturing his passion for the arts with her work. Sarah can be found on twitter, sharing her love and her rants on some of her favorite pop culture topics. Sarah considers herself a Gleek and often covers Glee related pieces for 4YE.
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