(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Popular crowd funding site, Kickstarter, announced last week that they had fallen victim to a cyber-attack which resulted in the access of customer data.
According to Kickstarter’s blog, law enforcement officials contacted the company on Wednesday notifying them of the security breach.
“Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system,” wrote CEO Yancey Strickler.
The company assured users that no credit card information had been accessed, although usernames, emails, phone numbers, mailing addresses, and encrypted passwords had been obtained by the hackers.
“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.”
Kickstarter urges customers to use precaution by changing their passwords on Kickstarter’s account and on any other site that the same password was used.
“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.”