Published: Sat, March 31, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Under Armour: 150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts Hacked

Under Armour: 150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts Hacked

The accounts of some 150 million users of nutrition-tracking app MyFitnessPal were breached last month, Under Armour said Thursday, adding its name to the list of corporations targeted by hackers.

The affected information includes usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords, the majority with the hashing function called bcrypt used to secure passwords.

The company doesn't collect social security numbers or driver's license information and payment card data wasn't affected because the company said it's collected and stored separately.

Under Armour is investigating the data breach. Under Armour said it would notify anyone whose information was exposed in the cybertheft.

If you have a MyFitnessPal account, it's time to change your password.

To start off the month, Equifax added 2.4 million Americans to the original 145.5 million impacted by a data breach previous year.

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An Under Armour-affiliated application since 2015, MyFitnessPal is a diet and exercise program created to not just track daily activity but also to motivate its users.

"Once we became aware, we quickly took steps to determine the nature and scope of the issue".

The company is encouraging users to change their passwords, and is working with data security firms and law enforcement to investigate.

The company says it's notifying MyFitnessPal users of the breach and offering information on how they can protect their data.

MyFitnessPal also published additional security information and guidelines online, going as far as to suggest placing a "security freeze" on credit files to prevent fraudulent charges. The app had around 80 million users prior to its acquisition, but Under Armour's already-established network of brand loyalists and gear supporters allowed it to grow to more than 165 million users.

"MyFitnessPal is also asking users to review their accounts for suspicious activity and be cautious of any unsolicited communications that ask for personal data or refer them to a web page asking for personal data". And, as ever, don't click on links or download attachments from suspicious emails.

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