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Zynga Hack in September Exposed 173 Million User Accounts: Report

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Earlier in September this year, a prolific hacker claimed to have stolen personal details of 218 million users of a popular online game Words With Friends. The hacker claimed that those who downloaded Zynga’s Words with Friends before September 2 were affected by the breach. These include users on both Android and iOS. A fresh report seems to confirm that at least 173 million people were affected by the hack, making it the 10th largest hack of personal information on the Internet. Zynga is known for some popular online games including FarmVille and OMGPOP.

According to a report by Have I Been Pwned, the Zynga hack in September 2019 exposed 173 million unique email addresses. The stolen data includes usernames and passwords stored as salted SHA-1 hashes. It also includes email addresses of users.

In September, Zynga admitted that there has been a security breach and ‘log-in information’ of some players who used Draw Something and Words With Friends apps had been accessed. The company didn’t declare the exact number of users who were affected as a part of the breach. Zynga said it had reached out to affected users directly via email.

At the time, Zynga claimed that the hack did not involve any financial information.

The hacker, known as ‘gnosticplayers’, has been previously linked to other major data breaches popularly known as ‘the collections’ which involved personal data of billions of users across popular online services. Zynga had around 67 million monthly active users in November.

Users who play Words With Friends or Draw Something should switch their passwords if they haven’t already done it.



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Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro: Everything we know so far

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Google Pixel 6 is hot in the rumor mill with multiple leaks presenting a deeper peek into the upcoming Google smartphone. It is also speculated that the Pixel 6 will be accompanied by the bigger Pixel 6 Pro phone. It is highly likely, the Pixel Fold and even an XL model may debut alongside the Pixel 6 series smartphones. The … Continue reading

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Watch woodpecker destroy hidden camera one obnoxious peck at a time

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You’ve probably seen or heard a woodpecker in action at some point; they’re the small birds that can spend hours driving everyone in the vicinity to madness with incessant taps against trees or wood buildings. What you probably haven’t seen is what it looks like to be the object subjected to the woodpecker’s wrath — until now, that is. A … Continue reading

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MacBook Pro M1X and Mac mini may release Intel from service in 2021

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The release date for a new M1X version of the MacBook Pro from Apple, along with a new Mac mini appear to be headed for a special event. It’s been rumored that the most powerful and updated Mac mini with M1X chip inside will be revealed at an event in the forth quarter of this year, 2021. It’s also tipped … Continue reading

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