150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts Hacked In Data Breach

Yesterday, The Verge reported that Under Armour announced they experienced a data breach in related to 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts. If you use the fitness and diet tracking application MyFitnessPal, then you may have received an email or notification in the last few days from the company disclosing that there had been a breach of data.

Under Armour stated that usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords had been obtained by the hackers. Under Armour processes payment information separately, so financial and most personal information were not effected.

Yesterday evening, Under Armour told The Verge, “Four days after learning of the issue, the company began notifying the MyFitnessPal community via email and through in-app messaging. The notice contains recommendations for MyFitnessPal users regarding account security steps they can take to help protect their information. The company will be requiring MyFitnessPal users to change their passwords and is urging users to do so immediately.”

In 2015, MyFitnessPal was acquired by Under Armour for $475 million, and at the time the fitness tracking application had 80 million active users. Since the 2015 acquisition, the application has more than doubled in users. The data breach of 150 million users is a significant issue when compared to the total active members currently on the application.

It’s reported that the breach happened sometime in February, and Under Armour has only recently (they were informed on March 25th) began taking steps to counter the impact the breach has had. Currently, Under Armour is said to be working with the appropriate law enforcement and technology security firms to find the potential initial point of breach.

As of right now, these are the only details that have been released about the full impact the data breach has had.

Feature image from @myfitnesspal Instagram page. 

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