Flipboard reveals data breach, which left users' details exposed

Flipboard reveals data breach, which left users' details exposed”

In its email, Flipboard said it is now resetting all customer passwords, regardless if users were impacted or not, out of an abundance of caution.

It is not known if these were the same users accessing the databases at different periods or two separate data breaches.

News aggregator Flipboard is the latest to succumb to a data breach, with the service noting that hackers gained unauthorized access to its databases containing users' account information. Findings from the investigation indicate an unauthorized person accessed and potentially obtained copies of certain databases containing Flipboard user information between June 2, 2018 and March 23, 2019 and April 21 - 22, 2019. Hackers were able to access databases containing usernames and passwords, as well as access tokens for some third-party services.

This allowed the hackers to view and potentially download user information such as user names, hashed and salted passwords, and for some users, their email addresses and digital tokens used to login to Flipboard using site credentials from Google, Facebook, and Twitter. For the users who haven't changed their password since March 14, 2012, the company protected their passwords using SHA-1 encryption.

The news aggregation app announced in a post that it had identified unauthorized access of some of its internal systems, which contained some Flipboard users' account information and credentials.

Additionally, Flipboard mentioned that it informed law enforcement about the unauthorised access and involved an external security firm to investigate the flaw.

The company also said its internal database contained digital tokens.

As a precaution, we have reset all users' passwords, even though the passwords were cryptographically protected and not all users' account information was involved. Those tokens are no longer valid and therefore can not be misused. The social news app also disconnected tokens used to connect to third-party accounts, replacing or deleting them as applicable. While the company says it didn't find evidence the tokens were used to break into the accounts users connected with their Flipboard profiles, it replaced and deleted all those tokens nonetheless.

Not all users' accounts were affected, Flipboard said, but it wasn't immediately clear how many were.

"We're still in the process of determining the total number", the company said.

Flipboard also says it implemented "enhanced security measures" to prevent a further breach in the future. "We do know that not all accounts were compromised".

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