The crowd funding service Kickstarter alerted users over the weekend that it had been targeted by hackers who managed to gain access to their servers and make off with account information. Kickstarter has been working to keep users up to date on what happened and has said that credit card information was not accessed in the attack.
Hackers make off with Kickstarter account information
Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler said,
While no credit card data was accessed, some information about our customers was. Accessed information included usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords. 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.
The company is warning users that now is a good time to change their passwords, which sounds like a prudent move even though the passwords that were stolen are all encrypted.
Kickstarter is a company that lets companies offer up products they want to develop and sell to potential customers who become investors of sorts. Kickstarter users can pledge money to the projects they like, and if those projects successfully launch, they get a return on their investment in the form of products and other rewards. It's was the launching point for products like the Pebble smartwatch.
The company is working with law enforcement officials who are investigating the security breach.
Mac users interested in managing unique passwords for the various online logins they maintain can look at products like 1Password, Keeper, and LastPass.