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Hacker Claims to Have Compromised 200 Million Words with Friends Accounts

Hacker Claims to Have Compromised 200 Million Words with Friends Accounts

The hacker allegedly behind the Collection #1 and Collection #2 data breaches has claimed responsibility for the compromise of more than 200 million users of a popular iOS and Android gaming app.

Online cybersecurity site the Hacker News reported earlier this week that Pakistani hacker Gnosticplayers had gained access to the player database of Zynga’s Scrabble clone called Words with Friends, and the personal information of 218 million users.

Gnosticplayers shared a data sample that included user names, email addresses, logins, passwords, phone numbers, Facebook IDs, and Zynga account IDs.

Zynga released a statement saying only that, “certain player account information may have been illegally accessed by outside hackers." But since that announcement on September 12, it has declined to comment further. 

The Collection #1 and Collection #2 hacks made the information of 747 million stolen accounts from over 20 websites available on the dark web earlier in 2019.

Words with Friends users should update their passwords and practice good cyber-hygiene, including not re-using passwords, and checking online services like haveibeenpwned.com to determine if any of their other accounts have been affected.