Personal Data of 1.3 Million Clubhouse Users leaked and Published on Hacking Forum

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More than 1.3 million Clubhouse users’ personal data was leaked on a well-known hacking forum. The report comes from Cyber News. It includes names, social media profile names, and other personal details. Cyber-security engineers explained the leaked data can be used in phishing schemes, scams, and identity thefts. 

In March 2020, Clubhouse was launched. The app follows a FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) marketing technique; only enabling invited people to use the app. Additionally, the app allows users to chat in “rooms” vocally about different topics without being tracked. The social media platform is reportedly in negotiation for a funding round that values it at $4 billion. 

Facebook, LinkedIn and now Clubhouse

Nonetheless, Clubhouse isn’t the only social media platform that’s users’ data have been leaked. Last week, data of 533 million Facebook users was published on a hacking forum. 

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“Scraping is a common tactic that often relies on automated software to lift public information from the internet that can end up being distributed in online forums like this. The methods used to obtain this data set were previously reported in 2019.” said A PR firm representing Facebook .“This is another example of the ongoing, adversarial relationship technology companies have with fraudsters. Those who intentionally break platform policies to scrape internet services.” 

Meanwhile, 500 million LinkedIn users were also affected by a hack on Tuesday; about 2/3 of the social platform user base. The scrapped information of users was listed for sale on hacking forums. On Thursday, a LinkedIn spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider that data was scraped from the platform.

“Members trust LinkedIn with their data, and we take action to protect that trust. We have investigated an alleged set of LinkedIn data that has been posted for sale and have determined that it is actually an aggregation of data from a number of websites and companies.” reads LinkedIn’s statement.

“It does include publicly viewable member profile data that appears to have been scraped from LinkedIn. This was not a LinkedIn data breach, and no private member account data from LinkedIn was included in what we’ve been able to review.” It continued.

In conclusion, the hacker has added the data for sale for a 4 digit sum or in Bitcoin.