Flipboard database hacked and passwords stolen


Multinational company Flipboard which is into news & social media aggregation and operating from Beijing, Canada and New York have released a press statement a few hours ago that its database was hacked giving hackers access to sensitive details including usernames, passwords, email addresses, and digital tokens.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learned that hackers infiltrated the database of Flipboard on June 2nd last year and the incident came to notice of the IT staff of the Flipboard on March 23rd, 2019.

Palo Alto-based Flipboard released a press statement early today saying that it has taken control of the situation now by resetting all passwords. And the law enforcement agency has been asked to investigate the incident.

The company says that all users can continue the use the services via app downloaded on the phone. However, those who are accessing the app from a new device or logging after a long out will be asked to create a new password.

With over 150 million users on board, the company hasn’t collected any personal info or government ID details from its users till date.

Note 1- Those who have used their Facebook and Google accounts for login purposes may also have their account tokens stolen.

Note 2- Flipboard which was released first on July 2010 and the service can be accessed via a web browser or an application which works on Microsoft Windows and MacOS and on Mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android. From the year 2011, the web service was banned by the Great Firewall of China and from Feb’15 the company started to self censor those using its app from China.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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