Kickstarter hacked, loses control over customer data

In an email with the subject “Important Kickstarter Security Notice” sent to all customers, the CEO of  the company announced that on Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted them that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of customers’ data.

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How come that the law enforcement contacts the company to inform them about the breach? How did they find out that the company was hacked? I asked accountsecurity@kickstarter.com to provide more details. Let’s see if they reply.

Anyway, the good news is:

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

The bad news is:

Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.

Make sure you change your password. If you used the same password and email address on other services, make sure you create a different password. Here you can learn how to make good passwords.

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Sorin Mustaca

IT Security Expert

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Sorin Mustaca

Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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