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Kickstarter User Data Stolen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Kickstarter was hacked, and user data was stolen. Were you affected? What should you do now? Here are the facts you need to know.


1. Kickstarter Took a Long Time to Report the Hack

The privacy breach actually took place on February 12. However, Kickstarter did not alert users about the security issue until they posted an entry on the Kickstarter blog on February 15.

On the blog post’s FAQ update, the Kickstarter team answered a common question about their response time:

If Kickstarter was notified Wednesday night, why were people notified on Saturday?

We immediately closed the breach and notified everyone as soon we had thoroughly investigated the situation.”


2. Credit Card Info Is Safe

While user data was stolen, Tech Times reports that no credit card data was compromised. However, email addresses, phone numbers and passwords were compromised.


3. CEO Suggests Password Changes

The CEO of Kickstarter has reportedly told users that they should change their Kickstarter passwords, just to be on the safe side. CNN reports:

“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…

‘(W)e strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password,’ Strickler said…’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.'”


4. The Vulnerability Is Fixed

According to NY Daily News, the vulnerability which the hackers exploited has since been fixed.


5. Only 2 People’s Accounts Were Affected

According to the official Kickstarter blog, “There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts.”


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