News and Updates on Information Technology

United States – Wildworks (Animal Jam)

Exploit: Third Party Data Breach
Wildworks: Video Game Developer

Risk to Small Business: 1.664 = Severe

Wildworks, the developer of the online kid’s playground Animal Jam, announced a data breach involving a third-party vendor that exposed the information of millions of children on the Dark Web. The information appeared on the Dark Web as the booty of cybercrime gang ShinyHunters.

Individual Risk: 1.902 = Severe

Exposed information includes 46 million player usernames, which are human moderated to make sure they do not contain a child’s proper name, 46 million SHA1 hashed passwords and approximately 7 million email addresses of parents whose children registered for Animal Jam. 

Customers Impacted: 46 million

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Third-party service providers may not have the same commitment to data security as you do. It pays to do your homework to avoid these problems whenever possible.