Kickstarter hacked & user data stolen in security breach – letter from Yancey Strickler

Heads up if you have an account on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter – they just sent out notices that they were hacked (notified by law enforcement) and while they say no financial information was compromised, they  *do* mention that user logins, encrypted passwords, email and postal mailing addresses were stolen. So at the very least, be vigilant about suspicious targetted spam or phishing attempts that reference your account.

Here’s a full copy of the official notice they sent out a few minutes ago from Yancey Strickler, CEO of Kickstarter:

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.

No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on your account.

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 have reset your Facebook login credentials to secure your account. No further action is necessary on your part.

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.

Kickstarter is a vibrant community like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of it. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach us at [email protected].

Thank you,

Yancey Strickler
Kickstarter CEO