Kickstarter - one of the crowd-sourcing sites used to fund video games - has been hacked with user details compromised the company has confirmed.
Kickstarter CEO, Yancey Strickler, issued a statement that began: "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. Upon learning this, we immediately closed the security breach and began strengthening security measures throughout the Kickstarter system." He continued...
"No credit card data of any kind was accessed by hackers. There is no evidence of unauthorized activity of any kind on your account.
"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.
"As a precaution, we have reset your Facebook login credentials to secure your account. No further action is necessary on your part." But since this message, the company has been forced into more action, stating:
"As a precaution, we strongly recommend that you create a new password for your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password.
To change your password, log in to your Kickstarter account and look for the banner at the top of the page to create a new, secure password. We recommend you do the same on other sites where you use this password. For additional help with password security, we recommend tools like 1Password and LastPass."
So, you do have to do something...
Find out how at Kickstarter