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Technology Words with Friends hack reportedly exposes data of more than 200M players

22:40  01 october  2019
22:40  01 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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A hacker is reportedly claiming responsibility for a September data breach of popular mobile game Words with Friends that may have resulted in the theft of information from more than 200 million players accounts, including names, email addresses, login IDs and more.

a close up of electronics: Zynga is in the hot seat. Zynga© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Zynga is in the hot seat. Zynga

A hacker that goes by the name Gnosticplayers said they stole data from over 218 million Words with Friends player accounts, according to a report from Hacker News on Sunday. The hacker accessed a database that included data from Android and iOS players who installed the game before Sept. 2, according to the report.

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Publisher Zynga did confirm there was a data breach of account login info for Draw Something and Words with Friends players on Sept. 12. The game company says law enforcement was notified and there is an ongoing investigation into the hack. On its support announcements page, Zynga says it took steps to protect accounts from invalid logins, and some users were required to change their passwords.

a close up of electronics: Zynga is in the hot seat. © CNET

Zynga is in the hot seat.

Mobile apps have become frequent hacking targets. On Saturday, food delivery service Door Dash said almost 5 million accounts were accessed in a data breach.

T-Mobile customers' personal information exposed in hack .
The hack comes about a year after a similar data breach in 2018.T-Mobile said it had blocked off the unauthorized access and notified law enforcement authorities. The wireless carrier didn't reveal when the hack occurred or how many customers were exposed, but a spokesman called the number a "very small single digit percentage of customers" and that the company had notified affected customers.

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