Kickstarter


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No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
February 15, 2014
geo: 
New York Greenpoint, Brooklyn , NY
United States
Records Breached: 

Unknown

Breach Total Number: 
0
Source: 
Media
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

The crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, was infiltrated by hackers who made off with user information including usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone number and encrypted passwords.

The company has said that no credit card information was taken.

"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," the site said in a blog post, adding that "as a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password."

The company was made aware of the breach when contacted by law enforcement.  The company communicated that they "immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system." The site also said "no credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers" and that "there is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts."