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Kickstarter latest company hit by hackers

International crowdfunding website Kickstarter warned users Saturday afternoon that it was hacked sometime last week and that the intruders gained unauthorized access to some customers’ data.

Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter chief executive officer, told users in an email that hackers apparently did not get away with any credit card information. He said that some information about users was stolen, such as usernames, email addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers and encrypted passwords.

“We’re incredibly sorry that this happened,” Strickler wrote. “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.”

There are about 3,300 projects in Oregon using Kickstarter for funding, nearly 2,300 of those in the Portland area.

Strickler said the Brooklyn, N.Y., company was told about the hacking on Wednesday night, Feb. 12. The company immediately closed the security breach and took other steps to strengthen its security after the breach, he said.

The company warned users to change their passwords as a precaution.

Kickstarter becomes the latest company to be hit by hackers in the past few months. In December, millions of Target customers were the victims of hackers who got away with credit card and debit card information during the busy Christmas shopping season. Several lawsuits are pending against Target because of the security breach, including one filed on behalf of a Milwaukie woman.