Scraped Clubhouse user information published on hacker forum

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Being on a social media platform has almost become synonymous with having your digital information hacked/leaked/distributed. Early in April, Facebook suffered a leak of more than 500 million user profiles, a raft of data that included phone numbers. Linkedin followed, seeing publicly available user information listed for sale on a hacker marketplace. 

Keep a lid on Clubhouse info

According to new reports, a similar thing happened to the popular voice-streaming app Clubhouse. A total of 1.3 million user profiles were found on a hacker platform. It was originally reported that the information in the SQL database was gained through a breach, but this is apparently untrue. According to Clubhouse CEO Paul Davison, all the information published on the forum is publicly available information. 

Clubhouse“No, This is misleading and false, it is a clickbait article, we were not hacked. The data referred to was all public profile information from our app. So the answer to that is a definitive ‘no,’” Davison said according to The Verge

This would suggest that Clubhouse user info was simply scraped, listed in a database and published on the forum. Info posted includes user IDs, names, usernames, Twitter and Instagram handles and follower counts. All things you would be able to see if you go to someone’s public profile in the app. 

Clubhouse has grown in popularity around the world in recent months, offering users a platform to invite others to live-streamed audio chats. It’s become so popular that the most prominent social media platforms are already working on their own versions of the app — Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have all started on theirs, among others.

 

 

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