Kickstarter Hacked, Customers Advised To Reset Password

Popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter announced this Sunday that some of its customer data has been hacked. Information that has been compromised includes customer’s usernames, email addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords. No credit card information of any kind has been accessed.


According to CEO Yancey Strickler “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.”

While the passwords that were stolen were encrypted making it difficult to crack, still there is a chance that someone may figure it out. This is why the company is advising its customers to change their password as well for other accounts from different sites that have the same password.

Here’s an FAQ released by the company

How were passwords encrypted?

  • Older passwords were uniquely salted and digested with SHA-1 multiple times. More recent passwords are hashed with bcrypt.

Does Kickstarter store credit card data?

  • Kickstarter does not store full credit card numbers. For pledges to projects outside of the US, we store the last four digits and expiration dates for credit cards. None of this data was in any way accessed.

If Kickstarter was notified Wednesday night, why were people notified on Saturday?

  • We immediately closed the breach and notified everyone as soon we had thoroughly investigated the situation.

Will Kickstarter work with the two people whose accounts were compromised?

  • Yes. We have reached out to them and have secured their accounts.

I use Facebook to log in to Kickstarter. Is my login compromised?

  • No. As a precaution we reset all Facebook login credentials. Facebook users can simply reconnect when they come to Kickstarter.

via cnet