Kickstarter is a very popular crowdfunding website that needs no introduction. Many popular products (Pebble, etc.) gathered funds for production from the website.
Recently, Kickstarter announced on their blog that there was a security breach, after law enforcements officials notified them that hackers had gain unauthorized access to customer information on Wednesday night earlier this week.
On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers’ data. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.
The folks at Kickstarter mentioned credit card details of the customers were not compromised, but some information was accessed, including information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.
Actual passwords of the users were not revealed, but there’s a chance some computer genius may be able to crack the encrypted passwords, especially those which are not strong enough. As a result, they are suggesting all Kickstarter users to immediately reset their password, and use a strong one — you can generate a strong password using tools like Lastpass.
Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler mentioned, “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.”