Crowdfunding website Kickstarter announced last Saturday that it had experienced a security breach earlier in the week. Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter CEO, blogged to users in an attempt to ease some of the fears already running high—especially with the very recent public hackings of retail giants, Target and Neiman Marcus.


Fundraising platform, Kickstarter, hacked this week.

Fundraising platform, Kickstarter, hacked this week.

Strickler reassured Kickstarter users that no credit card data had been accessed, though she advised people to change their passwords. Customer information that has been compromised includes usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. While the passwords taken were encrypted by advanced security scripts, weaker passwords may be easier to hack and take across other accounts, if the password is used on more than one platform.


Veronica Mars movie poster

Official Veronica Mars movie poster. Source: Yahoo! Movies.

Kickstarter was founded in 2009 as a fundraising platform for people to broadcast their ideas for projects for films, video games, restaurants, and others. The website has allowed more than 100,000 projects to be funded, and it is attributed to the funding of the Veronica Mars movie project, in theaters March 14.






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