Customer Data Stolen in Hack Attack on Kickstarter

Customer Data Stolen in Hack Attack on Kickstarter

February 20, 2014         Written By Bill Hardekopf

The popular funding site Kickstarter was recently a victim of cyber hacking, where cyber criminals obtained the usernames and passwords for many of the site’s account holders. Fortunately, Kickstarter’s security measures ensured that no credit card data was stolen during the hack.

In order to protect its users’ credit card information, Kickstarter processes U.S. based payments through Amazon’s payment system. Pledges from people outside of the country are only associated with the last four digits of the person’s credit card number. What little information Kickstarter keeps on file was not compromised during this attack.

“No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers,” said Kickstarter Chief Executive Officer Yancey Strickler. “There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.”

The company has already reached out to those two individuals to learn more about the issues they have been experiencing.

Kickstarter is now encouraging its users to change their passwords since that information has been compromised. While the password data on the site is encrypted, it could be decrypted with the right amount of force. Kickstarter has reset the Facebook login so that people must re-enter their account information to access the site via Facebook.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of February 20, 2014. For up-to-date
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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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