Popular crowd funding site, Kickstarter, was hacked last week and the attackers managed to get away with some of the company’s customer data although no payment information was compromised. However, during the breach, some passwords, phone numbers and email addresses were taken.
The company was very open and honest about the security breach and has since “improved its security procedures and systems in numerous ways” and plans to continue doing so “in the weeks and months to come”. Kickstarter CEO, Yancey Strickler, apologised in on Kickstarter’s blog: “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.”
If you have a Kickstarter account then you should have received an email urging you to change you’re password as soon as possible, the site even recommended a couple of password tools: 1Password and LastPass. So far only two accounts have shown signs of unauthorised activity and once again, no payment data of any kind was accessed. Since the news broke out, the company has answered over 5000 inquiries about the breach and continues to do so. If you have any concerns or questions, you can still get in contact at [email protected]
KitGuru Says: Security breaches are always bad but things could have gone a lot worse. At least now the company can give itself a serious boost in security and hopefully prevent this from happening again.