TMCNet:  US Funding site Kickstarter breached by hackers

[February 16, 2014]

US Funding site Kickstarter breached by hackers

(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Kickstarter, the fundraising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, has said hackers gained access to some of its customers' data but that the breach has been repaired.

User names, email and postal addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords were accessed, Kickstarter said on Saturday.

Passwords were not revealed, but people with computer expertise could still decipher encrypted passwords, the organisation said. It recommended users change their Kickstarter passwords and those for other sites for which they used the same password.

Yancey Strickler, chief executive, said in a blogpost: "No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorised activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts." Reuters New York (c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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