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09th Jul 2018

Timehop hack puts personal data of 21 million users at risk

Jade Hayden

A Timehop hack has meant that the personal data of 21 millions users are now at risk.

The social media app suffered a data breach this month which gave hackers access to the usernames, email addresses, and telephone numbers of a majority of its users.

The hackers also gained access to ‘tokens’ – elements that allow the app to access users’ social media posts from sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

The app, which became popular in 2015, allows users to view their old social media posts shared on the same date however many years ago.

Timehop released a statement via their blog this weekend saying that they had experienced a “network intrusion” that led to a breach of user data. The company confirmed that data “was taken.”

They wrote:

“Some data was breached. These include names, email addresses, and some phone numbers. This affects some 21 million of our users. No private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected.

“To reiterate: none of your “memories” – the social media posts & photos that Timehop stores – were accessed.”

Timehop said that they are working to ensure the effects of the breach are minimal for users.

They confirmed that they have no evidence that the data has been used by a third party.

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