Personal data of 1.3 million Clubhouse users reportedly leaked online

Scraped personal data from 1.3 million Clubhouse profiles were posted on a popular hacker forum, Cyber News reported on Saturday. 

The scraped data includes users’ names, photo URLs, Twitter and Instagram handles, the number of their followers, the number of people they follow, account creation date and the names of users they were invited by, which Cyber News said could be used by bad actors for targeted phishing and other kinds of social engineering attacks. 

Yesterday, Clubhouse shared a tweet and said ‘’This is misleading and false. Clubhouse has not been breached or hacked. The data referred to is all public profile information from our app, which anyone can access via the app or our API.’’

The news comes after a week 500 million LinkedIn users and 533 million Facebook users’ personal data reportedly leaked online

Spotify also faced a similar problem in November when hackers targeted 300,000 Spotify accounts. A month later, the company reset thousands of users’ passwords due to the data breach. 

Launched in March 2020, Clubhouse gained great popularity in a very short time largely thanks to Elon Musk’s chat with the CEO of California-based financial services company Robinhood. 

The company is reportedly in talks to raise funds at $4 billion valuation. Meanwhile, two people close to the matter said last week that Twitter held talks to acquire Clubhouse for $4 billion, however the discussions ended due to unknown reasons.

Also Read: Everything you need to know about Clubhouse app

Unsurprisingly, tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Discord and ByteDance are reportedly developing their own versions of Clubhouse.

Written by Sophie Blake


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