February 17, 2014 | 08:28
Kickstarter has suffered a security breach with hackers swiping customer data early last week.
Data from the crowd funding site that has been taken includes usernames, email addresses, postal addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords. The company does assure users that no credit card data of any nature was accessed.
Unauthorized activity also seems to have been limited to only two Kickstarter accounts so far. In a blog post issued by Kickstarter chief executive Yancey Stricker, the company suggests users change their passwords to be on the safe side.
'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,' said Stricker. 'We have since improved our security procedures and systems in numerous ways, and we will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come. We are working closely with law enforcement, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.'
Kickstarter was first notified of the hack on Wednesday and it chose to patch up security and investigate the breach thoroughly before informing users at the weekend. It has also reached out to the two accounts that had been affected and secured them.
Since launching in 2009, Kickstarter has helped 50,000 projects come to life with more than 5 million users pledging amounts to creators. The site has been a significant drive in crowd funding becoming a major route for independent games to get financial backing.