Contrary to reports, Paul Davison, CEO of the audio-only app, Clubhouse has denied every accusation related to data leakage from its platform.
He said its platform has never experienced a breach and considered all reports to be proven “false”.
“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.’”, David said.
This came after Clubhouse was reported to have experienced a data breach, where 1.3 million of its database of users was leaked.
However, the Cybercrime platform, CyberNews has also proven the reports to be invalid.
The platform said that the data found were not the personal information of users like bank details or credit card details. It said that the information was mostly found on users public profile or updated post.
What Information was leaked?
Some of the SQL data leaked includes
- Users ID
- Instagram handle
- Twitter handle
- Photo URL
- Number of followers
- Number ofCybersec people followed by the users
- Account creation date
- Invited by users profile name
Also below is an example of data leaked
What does this mean for Clubhouse?
The audio-only platform, Clubhouse is the first of all platforms to take the direction in the journey of audio discussions. Since its projection, others platforms like Twitter, Spotify, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn have decided to join it as a competitor.
However, the recent event has led to many questions about the privacy stance of the company. But Clubhouse is doing its best to clear such mistrust between it and its users.
Also, the data uploaded online can be used for social engineering attacks. This would mean attackers can combine data scraped from other platforms with this to tender an attack on a user.
A surge in cyber issues of social media platforms
There has been a consistent surge in the cases of cybercrime on social media platforms over the past week. And this is becoming an alarming issue to the public.
The most recent case before this was the leaked database of 500 million LinkedIn users, which was put up for sale on a cyber platform; this was reported on Cybernews.
In which, LinkedIn gave an announcement that the data scraped were from the profiles of users. That is, only general data like name, the LinkedIn name was scraped, which means there was no breach from its platform.
Also, 533 million Facebook users information were reported to have been leaked online. The information includes full name, age, date of birth, location, phone number and many more.
However, there hasn’t been any identifiable reason for the trend but it means social media platforms should look for better ways to ensure the security and protection of their users’ information.