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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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Siri won’t set your music default in iOS 14.5 – it’s more complicated than that

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Apple is not allowing iPhone users to set their music service of choice, despite suggestions of that from the iOS 14.5 beta, dashing hopes that Spotify, TIDAL, and others might be given equal footing with Apple Music. It wasn’t long after the iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5 betas were released in February before people started noticing that Siri was expressing … Continue reading

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Google is speeding up Chrome updates later this year for a big reason

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Google announced today that it will be speeding up Chrome releases later this year. Currently, Google pushes major updates out to Chrome on a six-week timeline, but this fall, that’ll switch to a four-week timeline. Google said today that this won’t necessarily speed up the rate at which new features are added to Chrome, but it will allow the company … Continue reading

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Elgato’s new mouse mat doubles as a green screen (and it’s genius)

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If you’ve stopped by Twitch anytime in the past few years, you’ve likely noticed that a lot of streamers are using green screens these days. Rather than show the room around them with their webcam, they’ll instead use chroma keys and green screens to hide everything except for them, keeping the focus entirely on themselves and the gameplay. Green screens … Continue reading

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