Over 150 million users of MyFitnessPal affected by Cyber Attack

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If you are one of the users of the popular calorie tracking app ‘My Fitness Pal’ then you could be one among the 150 million who were affected by a cyber attack which took place in late February this year, allowing hackers to get access of critical information.

Sources reporting to Cybersecurity Insiders claim that the hackers got their hands on the data such as usernames, email address, and hashed passwords.

The Maryland based company disclosed the data breach news on late Thursday and said that it contacted the office of law enforcement at the end of last month and has already launched an investigation on this note.

Sports gear producer Under Armour said that it learned about the hack of its fitness application on March 25, 2018, and has launched a separate inquiry on this note.

A spokesperson from MyFitnessApp said that the hackers did not gain access to information such as social security numbers, drivers’ licenses or credit card data.

The company is yet to get the name of those who were behind the attack but has confirmed that the attack might not be the work of any state-sponsored actors.

As a precautionary measure, Under Armour is advising its users to change the password of their MyFitnessPal account and has urged the users to review their accounts for any suspicious activity. It is recommending to its users to be cautious of any suspicious emails that ask for personal data or refer you to a web page asking to input personal info. An email notification to all the MyFitnessPal users is being sent to alert them on the development.

Note 1- Under Armour is a United States company that manufactures footwear, sports, and casual wear. It’s been in business since 1996 and has an employee count of 13,500.

Note 2- MyFitnessPal is a smartphone app that helps people keep a track of their diet and exercise to reach their fitness goals. The app was founded in 2005 by Albert Lee and Mike Lee and was acquired by Under Armour in Feb 2015

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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