Net chat hacked

23-Sep-2017 13:37

A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years.

Shocked users of the notorious chat forum 4chan are referring to the hack as "The Snappening," noting that this is far bigger than the i Cloud hacks that recently targeted celebrities.

Worse yet, the hackers may also have stolen messages and content in chat rooms, but in a small number of instances (about 0.05%).

There has been no sign that over 99% of users' messages or room content was compromised.

Atlassian's group chat platform Hip Chat is notifying its users of a data breach after some unknown hacker or group of hackers broke into one of its servers over the weekend and stole a significant amount of data, including group chat logs.

According to a security notice published on the company's website today, a vulnerability in a "popular third-party" software library used by its Hip service allowed hackers to break into its server and access customer account information.

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Now the URL redirects to a Danish e-commerce site that sells set-top boxes and TV antennas.

Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security.

We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.

However, Hip Chat did not say exactly which programming blunder the hackers exploited to get into the Hip Chat cloud server.

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Data accessed by the hackers include user account information such as customers' names, email addresses and hashed password information.

Other Atlassian properties also are safe, as the company claimed that there is no evidence to suspect that other Atlassian systems or products like Jira, Confluence, or Trello have been affected by the hack.