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.  

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.

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 bounty@houseparty.com".

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