Kickstarter Hacked, User Data Stolen

by Hrag Vartanian on February 15, 2014

kickstarter-logo-320Tonight, Kickstarter announced they had a security breach early this week, and they didn’t know until law enforcement officials told them on Wednesday night. Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler wrote a letter of apology to users that encouraged people to change their passwords to be safe. The letter was posted on the company blog and emailed to users today.

The company says no credit card numbers were stolen, because “Kickstarter does not store full credit card numbers.”

In response to questions on Twitter about why the crowd-source funding site waited three days to notify everyone, the company updated their post to include this answer:

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

Kickstarter also explained that those users who used Facebook logins were not compromised during the breach.

We’ve posted the email version of Strickler’s letter below:


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  • CyberLawyerUSA

    The worst part about this is that Bennet Kelley the Internet Attorney has once again pushed Kickstarter and now there is identity theft. Sadly, while Bennet Kelley was legal counsel for “Value Click” they were fined $2.8 million by the FTC for similar issues. It seems that Kelley had promised online consumers that signed up for free gifts their data would be encrypted and it was not. This caused a $2.8 million dollar fine to Value Click and Bennet Kelley to be dismissed. Bennet Kelley, one of the many Internet Attorney’s continues to tout himself as the go to person for companies and individuals to hire for their online marketing/advertising needs because “Bennet knows the Internet” or “he has stolen the seals of various government agencies and attempted to gain some sort of credibility” Buyer beware

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