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Clubhouse social network victim of a massive data breach?

Clubhouse social network victim of a massive data breach?


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Days after a giant Facebook leak, data from more than a million Clubhouse users was leaked online, according to Cyber ​​News. The social network refutes.

Hackers have published data of 1.3 million users of the new 100% audio Clubhouse social network, including the disclosure of their names, identifications and profiles on other social networks, including Instagram and Twitter, announces Cyber ​​News.

The SQL database posted for free on a popular hacker forum also contains other information about users, including the names of those who invited them to the Clubhouse, web addresses with photos, number of subscribers, or again the creation date of the clubhouse. account.

However, no bank card number has been disclosed, Cyber ​​News specifies.

This news comes a few days after the 553 million personal data breaches Facebook users.

Clubhouse insists on the public nature of the data

The social network later said that its systems had not been breached, and explained that the data in question was already public.

“It is false. The clubhouse has not been breached or hacked. The data mentioned is public profile information of our application that anyone can access through the application or our API,” Clubhouse said on Twitter.

This raises questions about the privacy policy of the social network that allows anyone to collect data at scale, according to Cyber ​​News.

In France, the National Commission for Informatics and Freedoms (CNIL) had opened an investigation on the Clubhouse app to check if the social network does not violate the data protection regulations in force in European countries.

Users at risk

The newspaper warns that the information made public could cause “real harm” if used by expert cybercriminals. In particular, this data could allow the creation of false detailed profiles.

Criminals can also compare information about the same person from different networks and thus carry out targeted phishing or impersonating users whose information has been exposed.

Therefore, clubhouse users are advised to ignore connection requests from strangers and avoid suspicious messages. They can also reset your password by making sure it differs from other social networks. Another way to protect against cybercriminals is to enable two-factor authentication.

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