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02-15-2014, 07:16 PM
Today Kickstarter announced that on Wednesday they were hacked. During the hack an unknown number of users had their private information stolen. Authorities let them know about the breach soon after it took place, and Kickstarter was quick to act to secure the hole.

Kickstarter is asking all users to change their passwords in order to be safe.

02-16-2014, 03:12 AM
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Kickstarter hacked, urges users to change passwords

Popular crowdsourcing site​ Kickstarter should think about crowdfunding some tighter security. The site notified users Saturday their personal information may have been compromised due to a hacking incident.

In an email sent to Kickstarter users, company CEO Yancey Strickler writes that "No credit card data of any kind was accessed by the hackers" and that "There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on your account."

​It is not yet clear who performed the attack or how many accounts were affected, but Kickstarter has emphasized that all users should change their passwords on Kickstarter and other sites where they use the same logins.

A writer for ZDnet says he thinks the notification is a good move on Kickstarter's part, writing "Other companies should follow the same transparency ideal and admit when something like this happens so that customers and members can take immediate action."


03-11-2014, 06:34 AM
Kickstarter, a popular crowd-funding site, urged users to change their passwords Saturday after announcing that it had been hacked.

Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler said in a blog post that usernames, passwords, mailing addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers had been compromised by hackers, but no credit card information had been stolen.

Mark Bates Lead Savvy
06-05-2014, 02:42 PM
I haven't registered on kickstarter, what kind of sensitive information do you give? Do they have bank account or credit debit info?

06-10-2014, 02:41 PM
Its not just bank or credit card info that KS holds. They also have a lot of information on the background of people who have launched projects via their verification process.

Likewise I wonder what exactly leaked, like did the hacking attempt include backer reports and survey responses? A lot of personal info is stored in the survey responses from emails, mailing addresses, and more.

D.Thomas Laskowski
06-10-2014, 08:03 PM
It was only a matter of time. Glad to hear KS jumped on it and hope all CF sites tighten up

06-20-2014, 04:39 AM
Confidential information was stolen. That was realy bad. Is it ok now?

Ilya Kruchinin
07-18-2014, 11:09 PM
That should be a whole lot of useful information. How much would you pay for that?

Funny Bone Films
07-21-2014, 03:35 PM
Nothing is safe

07-22-2014, 09:59 AM
Hi, I'm doing a research for my postgraduate dissertation on the issue surrounding project delivery delay/failure which has probably become an area of concern. There is little or no research yet on how these delays affect Backers or what impact it has on our funding behaviour. So if you have ever backed a project on Kickstarter, Indiegogo or any similar platform where you expected to receive a reward(whether it was delayed or not), then please fill out my survey (should take about 10mins)- https://www.esurveycreator.com/s/c0c66f7 and share with other Backers if you can. Thanks a lot

07-23-2014, 12:46 PM
Wow, this is worrying, I didn't know this until now! Will get my password changed asap

07-27-2014, 12:40 AM
They seemed to have handled it better than some other websites/companies.

07-29-2014, 09:46 AM
In order to launch a KickStarter you must set up accounts on PayPal and Amazon.com. Those are two sources that you would not want a hacker to see.

Justin Pry
08-07-2014, 12:33 AM
Not good for their reputation, they need to increase their security if they don't want repeated events.

08-07-2014, 05:02 PM
It was only a matter of time. Glad to hear KS jumped on it and hope all CF sites tighten up
Unfortunately true. Security of Internet connections is constantly compromised and in most cases, the problem is in front of the computer.

Mary M
08-08-2014, 02:18 PM
Hoe it gets resolved soon

08-16-2014, 05:27 PM
Great. And just as I launched my Kickstarter:


08-17-2014, 02:55 PM
What sort of information has been stolen ? Does anybody knows?

08-23-2014, 02:20 PM
Wow I only recently registered too.

Jess Burry
08-31-2014, 12:08 AM
Thanks for the info!

Jess Burry
08-31-2014, 12:09 AM
Me too. I didn't get an e-mail from Kickstarter about it though, which seems weird!

08-31-2014, 12:25 PM
Yikes, that's crazy!

Rob Josephs
09-12-2014, 09:46 AM
not cool

Matt Morgan
09-12-2014, 10:34 AM
Another hacked site. Great, well I guess I'll have to go change my password there too. Just curious, did anyone have their account hacked yet and if so, what did they do with it/to it?


09-15-2014, 05:32 AM
It's kind of sad that people hacked the popular "Kickstarter" website to steal peoples personal information. I'm just happy that for the users sakes that no credit card information was stolen.

09-16-2014, 10:46 AM
Even Kickstarter...nothing is safe for sure.

Jordan Ale
09-21-2014, 12:17 AM
It's too bad that companies doing great things for the community have to worry about getting hacked. Hopefully they recover well, was unare this ever happened.

09-22-2014, 12:29 AM
Well this was no good.

09-22-2014, 10:24 AM
Apparently no one is exempted from this type of behavior... very sad!

09-28-2014, 09:37 PM
I really like this bit!

09-30-2014, 11:50 AM
Internet is so dangerous :eek:

David Morales Hernández
10-03-2014, 12:38 PM
Internet is so dangerous :eek:

It's been like this always, but now with a more globalized world you see it happening almost in real time :P

10-03-2014, 09:13 PM
Wow.. It happened a while ago but still that's kind of worrisome. I'm glad they've upped their security. I don't think any site is safe.

11-03-2014, 01:56 AM
Kickstarter sometimes surprises me as evaluated as a billion dollar company, but has lack interface and so not a surprise.

11-03-2014, 03:14 AM
I bet all crowdfunding sites are being attacked every single day. Would be great for them to invest more on security.

Joshua Iglesia
11-08-2014, 08:02 PM
Oh man, luckily I don't use kickstarter

Joshua Iglesia
11-08-2014, 08:03 PM
Wait, Kickstarter is a billion-dollar company?

Joshua Iglesia
11-08-2014, 08:04 PM
They all seem to put a lot of faith in people...

11-11-2014, 04:42 AM
Agree - kickstarter is vary bare considering their market value. Complacent?

11-14-2014, 03:02 PM
i dont know how they hacked kickstarter. pros.

05-04-2015, 09:16 PM
Don't Kickstarter put their payments via Paypal or say Escrow. But more safe, as they are dedicated to protecting data and details.