Words with Friends Publisher Zynga Reports Data Breach

By |2019-10-02T19:18:40+00:00October 2nd, 2019|

Do you play Words with Friends? If so, your personal information might be at risk.

Mobile game publisher Zynga has reported a data breach affecting more than 218 million Words with Friends players. Company officials said a hacker was able to access players’ names, email addresses, phone numbers, login IDs, Facebook IDs, and account IDs.

The data breach took place on Sept. 12 with players who installed the game prior to Sept. 2 affected, according to Hacker News. The hacker taking responsibility for the breach, known as Gnosticplayers, said the stolen data comes from Android and iOS versions of the game.

In an official statement, Zynga officials said, “Cyberattacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today. We recently discovered that certain player account information may have been illegally accessed by outside hackers. An investigation was immediately commenced, leading third-party forensics firms were retained to assist, and we have contacted law enforcement.

“Our current understanding is that no financial information was accessed. However, we understand that account information for certain players of certain Zynga games may have been accessed.”

Officials said they have taken steps to secure players’ accounts. They said some players might receive requests to change their passwords.

Along with Words with Friends, Zynga operates FarmVille, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, and Café World.

Words with Friends is the second app to recently have user information breached. DoorDash also recently reported a data breach affecting about 4.9 million consumers, merchants, and drivers.