Hackers Attack Kickstarter, Steal User Information

Well known project and idea funding website, Kickstarter was reported to be the next victim of cyber-attack after hackers breached their security and “made off with user information“, according to an article published by CNet. The article clarified that though the attackers captured “usernames, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords“, it stated that “no credit card information was taken.”

The article quoted a blog post which was published by the organization that said, “Actual passwords were not revealed, however it is possible for a malicious person with enough computing power to guess and crack an encrypted password, particularly a weak or obvious one.” Kickstarter also warned, “As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password.” As a result of Wednesday night’s attack, Kickstarter “immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system“, according to the article.

Read more about this security breach in the original article on the CNet News website and in a second article – for a different point of view –  here at the CBS News website.

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