Has Houseparty, the hit coronavirus lockdown app, been hacked? App offers Rs 7.5 crore reward for sabotage proof
New Delhi | Jagran Tech Desk: Amid lockdowns in several countries to contain the spread of coronavirus, video chatting app Houseparty has boomed in popularity in the last two weeks and has recorded more than 2 million downloads worldwide.
While apps like WhatsApp and Skype allow you to do video calls, the San Francisco-based Houseparty lets you play games while seeing your opponent in real-time, face-to-face, and of course, virtually.
However, along with the rising popularity, several iOS as well as Android users have claimed that their PayPal, Netflix, Spotify, and online-banking apps have been hacked after downloading Houseparty app.
Several users took to Twitter to claim that the smartphone and desktop app enabled the hack of other apps and told everyone to "delete your Houseparty account" as soon as possible.
wish I’d fkn listened to coops when she said for me to delete Houseparty, now they’re trying to hack all my shit, tremendous pic.twitter.com/YZ1wXqFib9— chlo x (@chloehudsonxo) March 30, 2020
BEWARE! I know I’m not the only one with this problem! A few of my friends have been hacked by @houseparty if you look at the twitter feed! They log into your Spotify from Russia. Get your bank details and can hack it. It’s very simple once you click agree to terms and conditions pic.twitter.com/kBKU7dMUyd
March 30, 2020
EVERYONE DELETE HOUSEPARTY it’s literally letting hackers easily get into all your accounts (screenshots not mine except for the last one)— cam⁷ (@LOSERL4NE) March 30, 2020
i deleted my account a few minutes ago since they tried to hack my sister’s friend’s credit card pic.twitter.com/iqP8VCEPPD
On other other hand, Houseparty claims that there is no evidence that suggested a link between the app and compromises of other aforementioned accounts.
"All Houseparty accounts are safe - the service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn’t collect passwords for other sites," Houseparty wrote in a tweet.
All Houseparty accounts are safe - the service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn’t collect passwords for other sites.— Houseparty (@houseparty) March 30, 2020
Houseparty officials said they are being defamed by someone.
"We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty," the app maker said in a tweet on Tuesday.
"We are offering a $1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to email@example.com".
We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty. We are offering a $1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 31, 2020
According to Apptopia, downloads of the app rose from an average of 130,000 a week mid-February to 2m a week in the middle of March.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta