Kickstarter hacked, usernames, email addresses, other account information compromised

If you've backed games on Kickstarter and have an account on the site, it's time to change your password.

Kickstarter has revealed that hackers have managed to access some user account information on its site.

"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," Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler said on its official blog. "Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system."

Kickstarter said the accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.

It said that so far there is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two accounts, but encourages you change your password on Kickstarter and anywhere else you use the same password.

Kickstarter did not say why it waited until today to reveal that it was hacked.

"We’re incredibly sorry that this happened," Strickler said. "We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting."

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tightwad34
tightwad34

Damn, this is getting out of control. Maybe from now on it should be news if someone doesn't get hacked.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

And this is why we can't have nice things.......


The human race is pathetic, i'm deeply ashamed of being human when this (and other crap) happens. All we know is to destroy and plunder, be it in the virtual or in the real world.


BTW, i never backed games nor have i an account on Kickstarter, so, i'm  good....

tightwad34
tightwad34

My mother uses pretty much the same two passwords for everything she needs and for one they aren't very complex. I have told her many times that's a terrible idea, but she just tells me it's easier for her. Then I tell her how much smarter it is to mix it up and she says it's hard for me to remember all of them. Face Palms all around. Sure a hacker can get your info if they are dedicated, but the least you can do is make it as hard on them as possible. Common sense is a good thing, goddamnit mother. Not to mention she never closes the browser leaving numerous sites still open. It boggles my mind how you can be so careless even if it is my mother.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

"encourages you change your password on Kickstarter and anywhere else you use the same password"

That's the lovely thing about sites getting hacked.  Once someone has your user ID, e-mail and password, they can plug that into all the popular sites and see if the credentials work.  It doesn't have to be about hitting popular big-name sites... they can get the credentials from some small website and then your account on a major website could be broken into, where real damage can be done.


...of course, there's a lovely thing about encrypted passwords too.  Even if your credentials were stolen, if you have a good password and the encryption is strong, it hardly matters if its been stolen.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Looks like someone started a Kickstarter called "Fund my vacation" :P

lostn
lostn

This is not cool.. I'm not worried that they stole my CC data, but if they have my username and password they could get into other accounts of mine where they can access this. I don't want to keep changing passwords. It's hard keeping track as it is..

Kos1c
Kos1c

Isn't the major payment system through Amazon for Kickstarter? Or well that's how I've been paying for my pledges for projects. 



It is a shame, and it's pretty sad that people are hacking the more popular sites out there, and for what reason? Some where doing it just because they can. Are others hacking to gain from it? To steal money. I'm curious if people are just bored and are wanting their feats called out on news sites?



dw9872
dw9872

People should start a Kickstarter for a more secure Kickstarter website.

GrendelSP
GrendelSP

Glad they waited half a week to tell me! Only about 30 passwords to change. I for one am glad I still have money in my checking account. Also...only 3 days to go on Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Go get your copy now!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'd like to know how the law found out about the hack before Kickstarter themselves realised.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

It was only a matter of time till this happened haa couldn't have happened to better people...

CommandoAgent
CommandoAgent

@tightwad34 Well my account got hacked and email changed i believe these are the same hackers that EA's origin last year or ago so.

skittzo_s
skittzo_s

@jinzo9988  Except if it was taken from those smaller sites who don't give a crap about implementing encryption.

Evil_Sidekick
Evil_Sidekick

@dw9872  No matter how secure it is, hackers will always find a way....that's the problem. The they sole propose in life, to fuck things up because they can, it's rather sad and pathetic.