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Crowdfunding Site, Kickstarter, Hacked

12:50 pm on Feb 17, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Oh dear. Password change required, if you haven't already.

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.Crowdfunding Site, Kickstarter, Hacked [kickstarter.com]
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.

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.

As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password.
5:04 pm on Feb 22, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Maybe they should've gotten real engineers to build Kickstarter instead of kick starting it.

That's the problem with the web, there's no certification process out there so people sign up and login anywhere and they don't see anything telling them it's safe to put their details on sites.

Funny, the government has the FDA, USDA, OSHS, etc. to tell you stuff is safe plus health inspectors telling you restaurants are safe but nobody really inspects websites and verifies their safety except a couple of site scanning services which is just a placebo, without looking at the source code you don't know what's really going on there. Kind of like inspecting the fridges at a restaurant, you must look inside.