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Crowdfunding website Kickstarter hacked, recommends users change passwords

Published on Feb 16, 2014 5:31 PM
 
Kickstarter, the fundraising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, said that hackers had gained access to some of its customers' data earlier this week but that the breach had been repaired. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB OF KICKSTARTER WEBSITE

(REUTERS) - Kickstarter, the fundraising platform used by millions of people to raise capital for creative projects and businesses, said on Saturday that hackers had gained access to some of its customers' data earlier this week but that the breach had been repaired.

"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," Kickstarter Chief Executive Officer Yancey Strickler said in a blog post on the website. It noted that it does not store credit card data.

Recent data breaches at Target Corp and Neiman Marcus have sparked concern from US lawmakers and consumers over who should bear the cost of consumer losses and how to improve cybersecurity.

Kickstarter's information that was accessed without authority included user names, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords, said Kickstarter, which was informed of the breach by law enforcement officials on Wednesday night.

 
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