Kickstarter hacked; users advised to change passwords

By Andrew Lapin

Hackers breached the crowdfunding website Kickstarter Feb. 12 and made off with user data including passwords and email addresses, the company announced Saturday.

The hackers did not obtain credit card data, according to Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler, who advised site users to change their account passwords and those of any other site accounts with the same password.

“We’re incredibly sorry that this happened,” Strickler wrote in the post. “We set a very high bar for how we serve our community, and this incident is frustrating and upsetting.

Several public media entities have used Kickstarter to solicit donations, including Roman Mars’s 99% Invisible, NPR’s economics reporting team Planet MoneyState of the Re:Union and Hillary Frank’s The Longest Shortest Time.

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