Kickstarter says it’s been hacked and urges users to change passwords

On Saturday afternoon, Kickstarter announced that it had become aware of a security breach resulting in the loss of personal customer data like “usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.” The crowdfunding site e-mailed its users later that night, urging them to change their passwords.

Kickstarter admitted it was made aware of the hack by law enforcement officials on Wednesday, upon which the company “immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system.” According to the company's blog post, no credit card information was stolen, and only two instances of unauthorized access to accounts were discovered.

According to the site, over 5.6 million people have pledged money to projects via Kickstarter since 2009, when the site launched.

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