Virtual Gaming Town from Zynga Faces the Wrath of Hackers

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Not all was merry in the Zynga town of YoVille during the month of April. In case you’re wondering what that is, YoVille is a popular gaming app similar to Farmville available through social networks including Facebook.

According to tech site Venture Beat, the gaming platform itself recently faced the wrath of hackers. The matter occurred when some users noticed that their town inventories had been emptied as intruders had been able to successfully breach user accounts.

However, the hacking wasn’t too serious, not affecting sensitive user data such as financial information. It really just disrupted the flow of the game, and it’s already been addressed by Zynga, the company behind the application.

“We detected unusual activity in YoVille, and it coincided with reports from a small number of users,” stated Zynga Chief Security Officer Nils Puhlmann in a report from Venture Beat. Pullman went on to say in the report that the company  discovered “a small number of vulnerabilities that contributed to the unusual activity.”

The result was that the company worked to fix the issues in a timely manner. Zynga is behind other popular applications such as Word with Friends (similar to Scrabble). In December of last year, the company launched its initial public offering of stock in an attempt to raise $1 billion.