Timehop Data Breach Affects 21 Million Users

A Timehop security breach has resulted in 21 million users data being compromised.                  Jason Cipriani  CNET

They did not carry out the attack until July 4, when the attacker transferred the compromised data and attacked Timehop's production database.

A massive data breach on Timehop app has exposed the private details of more than 21 million people, according to a new report.

Timehop revealed that its security was breached and that the data of 21 million users was compromised.

Timehop is making it clear that, "No private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected".

Timehop has already invalidated all the access tokens it had on file, effectively disconnecting every Timehop account from every service and preventing any more harm being done.

"We immediately conducted a user audit and permissions inventory; changed all passwords and keys; added multifactor authentication to all accounts in all cloud-based services (not just in our Cloud Computing Provider); revoked inappropriate permissions; increased alarming and monitoring; and performed various other technical tasks related to authentication and access management and more pervasive encryption throughout our environment". The company said it has now secured its authorization and access controls on all accounts using a multi-factor authentication.

The upshot for users is pretty simple - they'll need to log in again and reauthorise TimeHop.

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"Tokens" provided by social media profiles to Timehop for gaining access to posts and images were also taken.

Timehop resurfaces your old posts from Facebook and other social networks. We have deactivated these keys so they can no longer be used by anyone - so you'll have to re-authenticate to our App.

The company posed the blog post disclosing the security breach to its Twitter account on July 8.

Despite this, the company says it has no evidence that "any accounts were accessed without authorization". "But this employee was here for so long, from back when we were just a baby company, so it seems something got overlooked", he adds.

Timehop noted that the compromised cloud computing account did not have multi-step verification before the incident - a gross oversight on the company's part, given that it's now common practice among firms handling large volumes of user data.

Some data was breached. Timehop is in cooperation with local and federal law enforcement officials to investigate further on the breach, and to enhance its security upgrades.

The company also writes that it has engaged the services of an (unnamed) cyber threat intelligence company to look for evidence of use of the email addresses, phone numbers, and names of users being posted or used online and on the Dark Web - saying that "while none have appeared to date, it is a high likelihood that they will soon appear".

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