Kickstarter data hacked, credit card details said to be safe

February 16, 2014
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Kickstarter has confirmed news of a hacker attack. Details of the hack were shared on the company blog this weekend, and include mention of "unauthorized access to some" customer data. As with any sort of data hack, the first step for those with a Kickstarter account should be to change your password. And to clarify, change it to a secure password that you aren't using anywhere else.

Having said that, while data hacks are not something that are good news for anyone, except maybe the person that did the actual hacking -- there is a small silver lining here. The credit card data was not touched. Furthermore, it was also said there was "no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts."

In terms of the data that was accessed,the folks at Kickstarter have issued the following statement;

"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."

Despite the "actual" passwords not being revealed -- you should still change your password as soon as possible. Otherwise, details on the Kickstarter hack show how the company was notified by law enforcement officials on Wednesday night. While it took a few days to send out messages to the users, it doesn't appear the folks at Kickstarter were simply sitting around.

To that point, it was said they "immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures" throughout the system. It was also said they "notified everyone as soon we [they] had thoroughly investigated the situation." Otherwise, news of the Kickstarter data hack came with an apology.

"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."

SOURCE: Kickstarter


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  • TimMiltz

    This is so wrong on so many levels.

    Whoever did this ? I have no words.

    LIFE imprisonment – NO PAROLE for STARTERS.

    We’ll bring in the monkey wrenches and vice grips later.

    KickStarter is for people with creative ideas – to gain funding.

    And someone attempted to TAKE from that.

    I am calling out to anyone who has ears to listen to bring to justice – and I don’t care what kind of betrayal this means – I am calling out for anyone who has ears to bring whoever did this to justice.

    72 hours – I think this one is worth 750 bitcoins no questions asked. You KNOW where to go.

  • TimMiltz

    Rumor has it Dr. Detroit is upping this to ONE THOUSANDS BITCOINS for successful prosecution of those responsible for this.

  • kandy830

    my Aunty Amelia got a new blue Land Rover
    LR4 only from working part time off a home computer… helpful hints G­a­i­n­s­p­o­s­t­.­ℂ­o­m