Data Breach Hits 200 Million Zynga Games Players

Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA), one of the most successful mobile game companies today, is the latest subject of a targeted hack. The company disclosed that more than 200 million players of its popular mobile games have had their login information stolen. The hacker reportedly accessed a database that included data from Android and iOS players who installed Draw Something and Words with Friends before Sept. 2.

Zynga said that the data breach occurred on Sept. 12. The hack exposed users’ names, email addresses, login IDs, some Facebook IDs, some phone numbers, and Zynga account IDs. It did not include financial information or Facebook, Android, or iOS passwords. A hacker going by the name Gnosticplayers has claimed responsibility for the breach.

Zynga issued a statement that said, “Cyberattacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today. An investigation was immediately commenced, leading third-party forensics firms were retained to assist, and we have contacted law enforcement.” “The security of our player data is extremely important to us. We have worked hard to address this matter and remain committed to supporting our community,” Zynga concluded.

According to Zynga, the company has already taken steps to protect users’ accounts from invalid logins and has contacted affected players “where we believe that notice is required.” Reports say that some users were required to change their passwords before continuing to use the apps. 

Mobile apps have become frequent hacking targets. Every year, millions of user account credentials are stolen and posted on the web. Last week, food delivery service DoorDash revealed that almost 5 million of its accounts were accessed in a data breach.