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Under Armour says 150 million MyFitnessPal user accounts hacked in data breach

Usernames, email addresses and “hashed” passwords were obtained from the hack.

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SPORTSWEAR MAKER UNDER Armour has said a data breach of its fitness application was hacked, affecting some 150 million user accounts.

The Baltimore, Maryland-based company said it had contacted law enforcement and outside consultants after learning of the breach.

Under Armour said it learned on 25 March of the breach of its MyFitnessPal application, which enables users to track activity and calorie intake using a smartphone.

It said an unauthorised party obtained usernames, email addresses, and “hashed” passwords, which make it harder for a hacker to ascertain.

The hack did not affect ID numbers, drivers licenses or credit card data, according to the company.

“The company’s investigation is ongoing, but indicates that approximately 150 million user accounts were affected by this issue,” a statement said.

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Users were being notified by email and messaging to update settings to protect account information.

The attack is the latest affecting companies with large user bases such as Yahoo, retailer Target and credit reporting agency Equifax.

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