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Kickstarter hacked: Change your password now

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Kickstarter is the latest high-profile victim of a security breach, and as a result, users should change their passwords now.

The crowdfunding website sent out a security bulletin stating that on February 12th, law enforcement officials contacted the company and alerted it that hackers had broken through defenses and gained unauthorized access to some customer data. 

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 After being informed about the security breach -- by law enforcement, rather than their own security team, interestingly -- the flaw was fixed and security measures have been strengthened.

While Kickstarter insists no credit card data was stolen, other data was -- including usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.

As a precaution, Kickstarter "strongly recommends that you change the password of your Kickstarter account, and other accounts where you use this password." The firm commented:

"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. 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."

— By on February 16, 2014, 11:14 PM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure