Kickstarter users are advised to change their passwords after a hack of the crowdfunding platform that exposed usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords.
Law enforcement notified the crowdfunding platform about the hack last Wednesday, after which the company repaired the security breach and notified customers in a blog post on Saturday. Kickstarter is a website where people seek funding for projects and offer gifts and services in exchange for donations. Passwords on the site are encrypted but could still be deciphered by hackers who took the information, the company said.
“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,” according to the blog post by Yancey Strickler, a Kickstarter spokesman. “We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”
The company clarified that no credit card information was accessed. Kickstarter does not store full credit card numbers, but it collects the last four digits and expiration dates for credit cards used for donations to projects outside of the U.S. None of this information was accessed and only two accounts saw unauthorized activity.
Successful campaigns on Kickstarter include
funding for a movie based on the “Veronica Mars” TV show.