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Over 200 million 'Words with Friends' players may have had their passwords stolen in a recent data breach

Kevin Webb , Business Insider US
 Oct 01, 2019, 09:13 PM
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  • "Words with Friends" developer Zynga has suffered a data breach that may have exposed player data to hackers.
  • A hacker who claimed to be behind the attack told The Hacker News that the database he accessed included data for more than 218 million users - including passwords, names, and email addresses.
  • While Zygna confirmed the breach in a public statement, the company did not specify how many users may have been impacted or what specific information was exposed.
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More than 200 million people may have been impacted by a data breach at Zynga games, the company responsible for games like "Words with Friends" and "Draw Something." On September 12, Zygna announced that a database containing player account information may have been accessed by an outside hacker.

Now, an alleged hacker has claimed responsibility for the incident, and said that he was able to access the information of more than 200 million people who play "Words with Friends." The hacker, who uses the pseudonym Gnosticplayers, told The Hacker News that data from every user that played the popular crossword spelling game on Android and iOS was accessible in the breach.

Gnosticplayers claims in the interview that the hacked data included names, email addresses, account IDs and encrypted passwords, along with any provided phone numbers and Facebook IDs, if provided. Gnosticplayers was at the centre of a major hack earlier this year that exposed data for nearly one billion online accounts.

Zygna did not confirm how many users were impacted by the hack or what information may have been revealed, but did say that an investigation is underway. The company says it doesn't store Facebook, Android or iOS passwords, so that information was not included in the database. Zygna is offering additional support for players who are concerned about their data.

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