Kickstarter says hackers got customer data

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Online fund-raising site Kickstarter says hackers got some of its customer data.

Cofounder Yancey Strickler said in a blog post that hackers accessed user names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and passwords. The passwords are encrypted, but the company said it’s possible for a hacker to guess a weak or obvious password. It recommended that users change their passwords.

Hackers did not get credit card information, said New York-based Kickstarter, but two accounts saw unauthorized transactions.

Kickstarter is one of dozens of crowdfunding websites that let people raise money from donors for projects, ranging from a Spike Lee movie to local breweries and charitable causes.

The breach was disclosed Saturday on the Kickstarter blog. The company said they learned about it from law enforcement on Wednesday and closed the breach immediately.

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