Neopets hack endangers your email and personal data
A Neopets hack led to a leak of emails and personal information that now appears to be up for sale to the highest bidder.
If you still use the email account that you used to log into Neopets, then it’s probably the best time to up your security. Over 69 million accounts are reportedly compromised as a massive Neopets hack led to the leak of emails and personal information of users.
Neopets recently became aware that customer data may have been stolen. 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. (1/3)
— neopets (@Neopets) July 21, 2022
The data breach was announced by Neopets through a tweet, saying:
“Neopets recently became aware that customer data may have been stolen. 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. It appears that email addresses and passwords used to access Neopets accounts may have been affected. 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. As our investigation continues, we will update you as appropriate. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. Thank you.”
This is a live breach, by the way. Changing your password will do nothing pic.twitter.com/88fGpaJgOp
— internet funny man ❂ (@FritzKangaroo) July 21, 2022
As the issue is a live breach, as pointed out by one of the users, so changing your password for Neopets changes nothing, as the hackers would still have data on your latest password. The safest course of action right now is to secure all other accounts and the email itself that was tied to your Neopets account. The issue will only be resolved once Neopets themselves are able to end the breach with better security for their web-based browser game, but the fact that the hackers gained access to the game’s source code would make that a harder task to follow.
Neopets is a long-running web-based browser game where players get to take care of and play games with. First launched in 1999, the game is now owned by Chinese gaming company NetDragon, which acquired edutainment developers JumpStart in 2017.