Neopets, the popular website where users own and take care of virtual pets, has suffered a data breach exposing the personal information of 69 million users from around the globe.
News of the breach surfaced Tuesday when a threat actor by the name of “TarTarX” posted an ad for anyone interested in purchasing the Neopets database on a dark web marketplace.
TarTarX is offering the complete database and source code for 4 BTC, or $94,000. He claims that the exfiltrated data includes sensitive personal information such as date of birth, country of residence, IPs, gender, names and emails of approximately 69 million users.
Neopets also confirmed the breach in a tweet earlier today.
“Neopets recently became aware that customer data may have been stolen,” the tweet reads. “We immediately launched an investigation assisted by a leading forensics firm. We are also engaging law enforcement and enhancing the protections for our systems and our user data.”
Neopets advises users to immediately change the password associated with their account, as well as with any other platforms that share the same login credentials.
“It appears that email addresses and passwords used to access Neopets accounts may have been affected,” Neopets added. “We strongly recommend that you change your Neopets password. If you use the same password on other websites, we recommend that you also change those passwords.”
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