Kickstarter Accounts Hacked, Some User Data Accessed

Kickstarter Accounts Hacked, Some User Data Accessed

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Kickstarter has just emailed users and posted on their blog noting that the their website has been hacked and some user data was stolen. Credit card information was not accessed by the hackers, however some information like usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords was accessed.


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. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.

No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.

While no credit card data was accessed, some information about our customers was. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, 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.

As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password.

To change your password, log in to your Kickstarter account and look for the banner at the top of the page to create a new, secure password. We recommend you do the same on other sites where you use this password. For additional help with password security, we recommend tools like 1Password and LastPass.

We’re incredibly sorry that this happened. We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting. 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. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.

Kickstarter is a vibrant community like no other, and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of it. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You can reach us at

Thank you,

Yancey Strickler
Kickstarter CEO


You can head over to Kickstarter to change your password.

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Kickstarter Accounts Hacked, Some User Data Accessed

Bill - February 16, 2014 at 6:39am
Target also said my CC info was not accessed. Just sayin' be honest and out front. Stuff happens, but don't lie about how bad the damage is. At least with target i would have had a chance to lock my CC.
davidgoscinny - February 15, 2014 at 10:47pm
Every time something like this happens, it reminds me why I purchased 1password. I seriously recommend it or something like LastPass.
Saul - February 15, 2014 at 10:44pm
NOW WAY¡¡¡¿¿¿ OoO