NBC News: Neopets says its website was hacked

NBC News: Neopets says its website was hacked. “Neopets, a website where users take care of virtual made-up species of ‘pets,’ was hacked this week. On Wednesday, the Neopets Twitter account said it is aware that ‘customer data may have been stolen’ and that it’s launched an investigation ‘assisted by a leading forensics firm.’”

Vox: For 20 years, Neopets has taught us how to care for virtual pets — and each other

Vox: For 20 years, Neopets has taught us how to care for virtual pets — and each other. “It’s hard to pinpoint when, exactly, kids and teens became 100 percent plugged in — fully online, all the time. But 1999 would be a decent guess, and November 1999 an especially good one, as it marked the launch of Neopets: a kid-friendly social network that combined virtual pets with discussion forums, games, and even a stock market. Neopets ultimately evolved into something magical, and an inextricable part of many a millennial’s formative years.”

Gizmodo: Over 560 Million Passwords Discovered in Anonymous Online Database

Oh boy. Gizmodo: Over 560 Million Passwords Discovered in Anonymous Online Database. “Kromtech researcher Bob Diachenko told Gizmodo on Tuesday that the leaky database contains roughly 243.6 million unique email addresses, an overwhelming majority of which were compromised during previous (and since secured) data breaches at LinkedIn, DropBox, LastFM, MySpace, Adobe, Neopets, and Tumblr, among others.”