TL;DR: “We recently identified unauthorized access to some of our databases containing certain Flipboard users’ account information, including account credentials,” the popular California-based news and social media aggregator announced. “Findings from the investigation indicate an unauthorized person accessed and potentially obtained copies of certain databases containing Flipboard user information,” they explained.
Flipboard Hacked Twice: Users’ Info Compromised
Databases with usernames, real name, salted hash (protected passwords and email addresses), and digital tokens for users with linked accounts to a third-party social media service were reportedly all compromised “between June 2, 2018 and March 23, 2019 and April 21 – 22, 2019,” Flipboard disclosed, suggesting it has been breached twice in less than a year.
“Additionally, if users connected their Flipboard account to a third-party account, including social media accounts, then the databases may have contained digital tokens used to connect their Flipboard account to that third-party account,” the company detailed. “We have not found any evidence the unauthorized person accessed third-party account(s) connected to users’ Flipboard accounts. As a precaution, we have replaced or deleted all digital tokens.”
Flipboard was insistent about the fact they do not collect bank account, credit card, nor government identification information typically found with Social Security numbers in the US. They have, however, reset all passwords. “As another precautionary step, we disconnected tokens used to connect to all third-party accounts, and in collaboration with our partners, we replaced all digital tokens or deleted them where applicable,” Flipboard noted.
The 8 year old company supposedly has a monthly user-base of near 150 million, and has been long considered a star application especially for tablets. “Additionally, to help prevent something like this from happening in the future, we implemented enhanced security measures and continue to look for additional ways to strengthen the security of our systems. We also notified law enforcement,” Flipboard insisted.
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