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Thread: Crowd-funding site Kickstarter hacked; CEO urges password changes

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    Crowd-funding site Kickstarter hacked; CEO urges password changes

    Crowd-funding site Kickstarter hacked; CEO urges password changes

    (CNN) -- 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.

    "(W)e strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password,"

    Strickler said in the blog post. "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."

    Hackers "gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data," but "there is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts," a news release said.

    Kickstarter did not say how many accounts were compromised.

    Law enforcement alerted Kickstarter to the hack Wednesday, according to the release. The site then "immediately closed the security breach," it said.

    According to the website -- which allows people with products, projects and inventions to post their ideas and raise money for them by garnering donations from users -- 5.6 million people have pledged funding to 56,000 projects since its launch in 2009.

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    Re: Crowd-funding site Kickstarter hacked; CEO urges password changes

    Even as a programmer I'm not sure exactly how far social logins go but I used Facebook login for Kickstarter. So I've gone ahead and changed my FB password. During that process FB asks if you want to log out every other device currently logged into FB and that is a good security precaution on a regular basis in any case.

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    Re: Crowd-funding site Kickstarter hacked; CEO urges password changes

    There's never any evidence of unauthorized activity...until there is.

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    Re: Crowd-funding site Kickstarter hacked; CEO urges password changes

    Quote Originally Posted by JustTooMuchTime View Post
    There's never any evidence of unauthorized activity...until there is.
    LOL, that's like a politician saying, " I voted for that measure before I voted against it!"
    It seems like in this "industry" common sense is not all that common!

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    Re: Crowd-funding site Kickstarter hacked; CEO urges password changes

    That's really unfortunate to hear. Kickstarter have managed to successfully fund some really good projects so far and possibly one of the best avenue for the type of ventures they support.I truly hope this not be too detrimental to them.

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