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Hackers Steal Data From Kickstarter

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Updated 02/16/2014 9:21am
Hackers Steal Data From Kickstarter
Media Courtesy of Via maximumpc.com

Caitlin McEwen

Staff Writer @Caitidid21

Hackers targeted Kickstarter, a crowd-funding site, taking sensitive data, although somehow managing to NOT take credit card information. The data the hackers did make out with? Phone numbers, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, usernames, 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," the site said in a blog post, adding that "as a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password." Kickstarter has a FAQ on that same blog post. Law enforcement told Kickstarter of the breach Wednesday night. The company closed the breach and worked on strengthening security amongst the entire system. No credit card data was accessed and there is no unauthorized activity on any account, other than two, which Kickstarter has already worked with. If you happen to have a Kickstarter account and haven't yet changed your password, you can do so by logging in to your account and click on the banner at the top of the page to create a new password. Kickstarter recommends you change the passwords on all sites that you use your old password.

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