Kickstarter Hacked, Site Says Some Data Stolen

Feb 15, 2014 | Updated Feb 21, 2014

Hackers breached the crowdfunding website Kickstarter and made off with some user information, the site revealed on Saturday.

In a blog post, Kickstarter's CEO Yancey Strickler wrote that though the hackers didn't obtain any credit card data, they did gain access to other information about Kickstarter's members, such as usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses and phone numbers. The site did not divulge details about the hackers' methods.

"On Wednesday night, law enforcement officials contacted Kickstarter and alerted us that hackers had sought and gained unauthorized access to some of our customers' data," the blog post reads. "Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system."

Kickstarter "strongly" recommends that all users change their passwords. The site, which allows people to fund projects ranging from independent films to gadgets for custom rewards, has over 5 million members.

"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. 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."

Read an email regarding the hack from Kickstarter CEO Yancey Strickler to the site's members below: