TECHNOLOGY

Under Armour fitness app attacked by hackers

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

An athletic goods giant is the latest company to suffer a data breach, albeit in a more indirect way.

Under Armour’s food and nutrition app and website, called MyFitnessPal, suffered a data breach. On March 25, the MyFitnessPal team became aware that an unauthorized party acquired data associated with user accounts in late February. Approximately 150 million user accounts were comprised in the data breach.

Cyber-thieves pilfered usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords – the majority with the hashing function called bcrypt, which is used to secure passwords. The affected data did not include government-issued identifiers, such as Social Security numbers and driver’s license numbers, since Under Armour does not collect this information from users. Payment card data was also not affected because it is collected and processed separately.

Upon learning about the incident, the company quickly took steps to determine the nature and scope of the issue. Within four days of learning of the breach, Under Armour used email and in-app messaging to alert the MyFitnessPal community of the incident, according to the company.

Under Armour is currently working with leading data security firms to investigate the incident. It is also coordinating with law enforcement authorities, the company reported.

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