Personal data of 69 million members exposed after Neopets suffers data breach

On Wednesday, a virtual pet website, Neopets experiences a data breach leading to the theft of source code and database, having the personal information of over 69 million members.

It is a known website where members can own, raise and play games with their virtual pets. Neopets has recently introduced NFTs that will be used as part of an online Metaverse game.

On Tuesday, a hacker known as ‘TarTarX’ started selling the source code and database for the website for four bitcoins, worth approximately $94,000 at today’s prices.

In a conversation with BleepingComputer, TarTarX says that they stole the database and approximately 460MB (compressed) of source code for the website.

According to Bleeping Computer, The seller claims that this database contains the account information of over 69 million members, and in a screenshot shared with BleepingComputer, you can see the data includes members’ usernames, names, email addresses, zip code, date of birth, gender, country, an initial registration email, and other site/game-related information.

“While the hacker would not reveal how they gained access to the website, they told us that they did not ransom the data to Jumpstart, the owners of Neopets, but have received interest from potential buyers,” a source as per Bleeping Computer.


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