Hacker Steals Over 218 Million Zynga ‘Words with Friends’ Gamers Data
A threat actor using the moniker ‘Gnosticplayers’ recently told The Hacker News that he had compromised Zynga, a US developer of various popular social games for mobile. The hacker claims to have stolen a database containing records on over 218 million players of Zynga’s ‘Words With Friends’ game for Android and iOS.
The data breach affects all players who signed up before September 2 of this year. The compromised data includes full names, email addresses, login IDs, hashed and salted passwords, user account IDs and for certain users also their phone numbers and Facebook IDs. Gnosticplayers said that he also stole user data for various other Zynga games, and that this data includes clear text passwords for more than 7 million users.
More than a week ago, Zynga announced that it “recently discovered that certain player account information may have been illegally accessed by outside hackers.” The company added that it had launched an investigation into the breach, but did not provide any further details. Earlier this year, Gnosticplayers uploaded various databases containing hundreds of millions of private records to a dark web marketplace.