Kickstarter Apologizes After Customer Data Hacked
Kickstarter has issued an apology after hackers acquired personal information about some of its users. The company says that law enforcement officers informed the site of security breaches Wednesday.
Hackers accessed phone numbers, mailing addresses, user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords from users, but CEO Yancey Strickler insists only two accounts showed signs of unauthorized activity.
"No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on all but two Kickstarter user accounts," Strickler wrote in a blog post Saturday. "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."
Strickler added that the company had improved security measures and that it was working with law enforcement closely.
Kickstarter has made a splash in Hollywood over the past year, with high-profile projects from Zach Braff, Spike Lee and the team behind Veronica Mars raising millions via the crowdfunding site. This year's Sundance Film Festival felt the Kickstarter effect, with 20 of the fest's films using funds raised through the site.