Words with Friends is an extremely popular mobile game from app developer Zynga. Zynga also makes other popular mobile games including FarmVille and Mafia Wars. According to Hacker News, the company currently has a market cap of over $5 billion proving just how popular its mobile games have become.
That popularity is great for business but also makes you a target for hackers. That is exactly what happened to Zynga and its Words with Friends app that is used by millions. A hacker from Pakistan has breached the company’s Words with Friends database and stolen the data of over 218 million users. This is the same hacker who stole nearly a billion user records last year and put the data up for sale.
The hacker goes by the alias Gnosticplayers and he claims his latest data breach affects both Android and iOS users who have installed the game before September 2, 2019. Zynga did release a statement confirming the breach which included another of their games called Draw Something.
Cyber attacks 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.
While the investigation is ongoing, we do not believe any financial information was accessed. However, we have identified account login information for certain players of Draw Something and Words With Friends that may have been accessed. As a precaution, we have taken steps to protect these users’ accounts from invalid logins. We plan to further notify players as the investigation proceeds.
According to The Hacker News, Gnosticplayers shared some of the compromised information with them and they were able to confirm the following information was included:
- Email addresses
- Login IDs
- Hashed passwords, SHA1 with salt
- Password reset tokens (if requested)
- Phone numbers (if provided by)
- Facebook ID (if connected)
- Zynga account ID
If you haven’t already, it’s probably a good idea to change your Words with Friends password as well as your Draw Something password. We would also recommend disconnecting your Facebook account from Zynga and refrain from connecting any apps with Facebook as it is usually a higher security risk.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.