Kickstarter site customers’ passwords breached. Company apologizes

Kickstarter, the fund-raising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, said over the weekend that hackers had gained access to some of its customers’ data last week but that the breach had been repaired.

“No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers,” Kickstarter’s chief executive, Yancey Strickler, wrote in a blog post on Saturday on the company’s website. “There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts,” he wrote. The post noted that the company’s website does not store credit card data.

Recent data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus have raised concerns among lawmakers and the public over who should bear the cost of consumer losses and how to improve security online.

The compromised Kickstarter information included user names, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords, according to the company, which was informed of the breach by law enforcement officials last week.

It added that while the passwords were not revealed, people with computer expertise could still decipher encrypted passwords, and recommended that users change their passwords as well as those for other sites or accounts for which the users had the same password.


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