At one time Neopets was one of the most popular entertainment websites in the entire world. Although reality is different, the virtual pet experience still has millions of registered accounts in its database. This is why one fan thinks it’s important for Neopets to pay up after a bug that affected 69 million accounts.
In early January, Biankha Negrin, a former Neopets user, filed a class action lawsuit against JumpStart Games, the owner of Neopets. In it, she wants the company to take responsibility and pay for a vulnerability in its security that ended with the leak of information from 69 million Neopets accounts.
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In case you didn’t know, in July 2022 it was reported that a hacker got hold of information from millions of Neopets users, as well as the source code of the website and access to the game’s backend systems. The hacker claimed that the information he obtained contained personal information of Neopets users such as names, emails, passwords, and more. Fortunately, information such as credit card numbers did not leak.
On a forum, the hacker revealed that he was selling this information in exchange for 4 BTC, something like $100,000 USD at the time.
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The victim believes that Neopets acted negligently
According to the plaintiff’s lawyers, she was unaware that there was a leak of her information. She also didn’t know that Neopets, a page that was popular almost 2 decades ago, still had her personal information. This is a situation she shares with many other Neopets players.
Thus, the plaintiff is looking for other people to initiate a class action lawsuit, arguing that JumpStart Games acted negligently. This by not repairing its security despite “repeated warnings and alerts.” It also points out that “there is no limit” to the damage that those affected may suffer after this leak.
As part of the lawsuit, the plaintiff seeks that those affected receive compensation for damages that will be determined later. It also seeks that this legal action forces JumpStart Games to improve its security protocols.
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