For those who are not yet familiar with today’s popular apps, there has been one particularly popular app that has gained huge success despite being an iOS-only app. Clubhouse is an audio-only chat room and right now always requires an invite for people to join. The iOS app would also work on an Android version in order to attract more people. However, it could still be months before release.
Do not download Clubhouse PC
Like all other popular apps, cybercriminals are now targeting the clubhouse for their schemes to trick people into giving them their private information. There are now bogus online ads even on Facebook that try to trick poor victims into joining the PC Clubhouse version that doesn’t exist!
Signing up for this app would then download malware to the victim’s unit via the advertisements which have been interrupted for the time being. The final problem with Clubhouse is that a major leak exposed 1.3 million different user records.
1.3 million users exposed
The incident occurred just days ago after more than a billion Facebook and LinkedIn records were reportedly listed for sale online. The difference, however, is that the donated Clubhouse tapes were leaked online for free on a very popular hacking site.
Data disclosed online would include the subscriber’s user ID, photo URL, name, Twitter handle, user name, Instagram handle, number of people the user follows, number of subscribers and all account creation data, including the name of the user profile as well as where they got the invitation from. In other words, the information includes everything that the hackers would want and can use against the victims.
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Flag security measures
The question then arose as to why this information would be needed if other more critical information such as credit card numbers was still not included. Cybernews now suggests that users refrain from responding to suspicious messages or “phishing” emails and texts, and even connection requests.
Users are also advised to create strong passwords and even consider using a password manager as well as two-factor or 2FA authorization for all users’ online accounts. While this is not a 100% guarantee, it would still give users an extra layer of protection and increase the chances of their accounts being safe. The compromised information, while quite shocking, does not contain the financial information that hackers can use to steal real money from their victims.
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