Zynga Seems to Fall Flat for Words Acknowledging a Breach
by: The Knowledge Group
If you’re the type who likes app games on your smartphone, there’s a good chance you’ve probably played or at least heard of “Words With Friends.” Among the many digital hits app game maker, Zynga has generated online, Words With Friends has been a social success spanning generations due to its Scrabble-similar format of word creation competition.
However, like so many other popular apps created, half the value is in the viral popularity of the game, but the other half is in the thousands of the users who participate and provide their personal information doing so to the app maker. And this is where yet another familiar problem in today’s digital world has occurred. In September of this year, Zynga realized it had been hacked and breached by an outside party. That breach may have exposed player information in the database files of Words With Friends by the thousands. And the hacker element behind the action claims to have compromised Zynga significantly.
The popular app-maker has a lot to lose; Zynga currently has a market cap near $5.5 billion with continuously popular games like Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Café World and Words With Friends. The company has made the standard statements that the breach was identified, cut off, and their databases secure again, but the damage is done. Every Zygna player has been advised to change their credentials and passwords and check for any problems with their accounts.
For anyone how has provided or attached credit card information to their Zynga account, it’s probably also a good idea to assume this information was accessed as well. Most credit card companies will change out a credit card number in such instances with any additional fee being charged, so take advantage of the protection.
In the meantime, Zynga continues to communicate it has a handle on the situation. However, darknet sources and similar are chattering that they have a total of 747 million accounts compromised, and anyone who created Words With Friends accounts prior to September 2, 2019 was pretty much part of the compromised.