Hacker Neopets is trying to sell 69 million accounts for bitcoin

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At the rogue hacker reportedly has stolen over 69 million Neopets accounts and is currently trying to sell the information for around $92,000 in bitcoin.

Neopets is a long-running virtual pet website where users can dress up their pets, play mini-games, participate in the virtual economy, and connect with other members of the community. Users can spend real money to unlock additional costumes, remove ads, and gain access to additional in-game perks. However, membership can only be purchased with a credit card and identification information. Bye Neopets exists since 1999, the site is still almost 4 million visitors per month as of April of the current year.

Community fan site jellineo reported that the hacker was able to obtain the “complete data and source code” of the website, meaning that the email addresses and passwords of all accounts were potentially compromised. This morning, Neopets recognized that “customer data may have been stolen.” However, he did not acknowledge the size of the infringement, nor whether the credit card information was affected. Neopets staff also asked users to change their login passwords. Kotaku reached out to Neopets to see if the financial data had been compromised, but received no response as of press time.

jellineo claimed that email address, passwords, gender, IP addresses, countries, and birthdays were being sold on a “hacker website” for 4 bitcoins. At the time of writing, 4 bitcoins are worth $92,072. Although bitcoin can be traced, hackers prefer to use it for criminal activities because wallets do not require identification information, and law enforcement cannot freeze accounts. Neopets is currently working with a forensic firm and law enforcement to investigate the violation.

This is not the first time Neopets has come into conflict with the community in the last year. Last September the fans were thrilled as the staff announced they would be participating in the NFT collaboration. And going back even further Neopets It was another serious violation in March 2021, when hackers stole rare pets and sold them on the black market. Although the site continues to attract fans, some of them include hackers who promote the Neopets black market where the digital animals end up being stolen from their owners.

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