Mobile developer Zynga has been hit with a security hack that exposed the personal information of over 200 million users (via IT Pro).

Zynga is best known for its extremely popular web and mobile games, including FarmVille, Words with Friends, Draw Something, and OMGPOP. The developer publicly acknowledged the hack last week, and the hacker themselves spoke to The Hacker News to say that names, email addresses, usernames, passwords, phone numbers, and Facebook IDs were stolen. 

‘Cyber attacks are one of the unfortunate realities of doing business today,’ Zynga said in a statement. ‘An investigation was immediately commenced, leading third-party forensics firms were retained to assist, and we have contacted law enforcement.’ It is confirmed that any player that downloaded Words with Friends for iOS or Android on or before 2 September was subject to the security breach. 

Though no financial information nor Facebook, Android, or iOS passwords were harvested by the hack, the developer has stated that ‘account information for certain players of certain Zynga games’ were taken. Preventative measures have been employed with regards to ‘invalid logins’, and Zynga has contacted affected players ‘where we believe that notice is required.’

‘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, before supplying steps for players to increase the security of their accounts.

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