Crowd funding website Kickstarter becomes the next to be infiltrated by hackers
Crowd funding website Kickstarter has become the next company to be hacked, it announced on Saturday.
No credit card data was taken in the breach that occurred Wednesday, but other customer information was.
"Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords," Yancey Strickler, CEO at Kickstarter, said. "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."
Kickstarter said that upon learning about the breach, it immediately closed the security flaw and began strengthening its security measures throughout its system. Kickstarter isn't immediately requiring users to reset their password, but is suggesting they do.
"We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting," Strickler 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."
Kickstarter says it's working with law enforcement and that it's doing everything in its power to ensure a breach doesn't happen again.
Security breaches are becoming more common, with attacks recently pegged against Target in the US, Neiman Corp, Adobe, Evernote, and more recently Tesco, have become a nuisance to customers.
Kickstarter launched in 2009 as a place for creative entrepreneurs to raise capital to bring products to market. Famed projects include the Pebble smartwatch, Ouya Android game console, TikTok and Lunatik, and more.