Clubhouse data breach compromises 1.3 million users: names, photo URLs, numbers and more!

(Photo: screenshot from official Pexels website) Clubhouse data breach compromises 1.3 million users: names, photo URLs, numbers and more!

For those who are not yet familiar with today’s popular apps, there has been one particularly popular app that has gained huge success despite being an iOS-only app. Clubhouse is an audio-only chat room and right now always requires an invite for people to join. The iOS app would also work on an Android version in order to attract more people. However, it could still be months before release.

Do not download Clubhouse PC

Like all other popular apps, cybercriminals are now targeting the clubhouse for their schemes to trick people into giving them their private information. There are now bogus online ads even on Facebook that try to trick poor victims into joining the PC Clubhouse version that doesn’t exist!

Register for this application would then download malware to the victim’s unit via the advertisements which, for the time being, have been discontinued. The final problem with Clubhouse is that a major leak exposed 1.3 million different user records.

1.3 million users exposed

The incident occurred just days ago after more than a billion Facebook and LinkedIn records were reportedly listed for sale online. The difference, however, is that the donated Clubhouse tapes were leaked online for free on a very popular hacking site.

Data disclosed online would include the subscriber’s user ID, photo URL, name, Twitter handle, user name, Instagram handle, number of people the user follows, number of subscribers and all account creation data, including the name of the user profile as well as where they got the invitation from. In other words, the information includes everything that the hackers would want and can use against the victims.

Also read: Twitter is said to be in talks to buy a clubhouse for $ 4 billion: could “spaces” struggle to compete?

Flag security measures

According to story by PhoneArena, the clubhouse has already responded to this incident by claiming that the app had not suffered a data breach and that information that was allegedly leaked online was in fact available for free through the company’s API. That alone would raise further questions regarding the user privacy policy that has been put in place by Clubhouse.

The question then arose as to why this information would be needed if other more critical information such as credit card numbers was still not included. E-news now suggests that users refrain from responding to suspicious messages or “phishing” emails and texts, and even connection requests.

Users are also advised to create strong passwords and even consider using a password manager as well as two-factor or 2FA authorization for all users’ online accounts. While not a 100% guarantee, it would still give users an extra layer of protection and increase the chances of their accounts being safe. The compromised information, while quite shocking, does not contain the financial information that hackers can use to steal real money from their victims.

Associated article: Clubhouse hires average software engineer Mopewa Ogundipe to work on the Android version: who is this developer?

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