Hacker Reveals Massive Data Leak In Social Networking App Speak After U.S. Capitol Siege, Technology News


An Austrian hacker has revealed a massive data breach in Parler LLC, a social media platform favored by many supporters of US President Donald Trump.



Likewise, a Reddit user called ‘BlueMountainDace’ exposed how Parler’s hosting platform, Twilio, accidentally revealed the app’s security authentications in a press release. This made it very easy for anyone to access Parler’s private content, including chat history, geodata, and even the driver’s license.


According to tech expert Matthew Sheffield, the breach was possible due to lax security standards long criticized by Parler.


Conservative social network Parler was forced to go offline on Monday, tracking websites showed after Amazon warned the company would lose access to its servers for its failure to properly control violent content.

The site’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent weeks, becoming the number one download on Apple’s App Store after much larger Twitter banned U.S. President Donald Trump from his platform for his role in the incitement to a riot on the U.S. Capitol last week.

Messages of support for Wednesday’s attack in Washington DC, along with calls for more protests, had flourished on the platform, leading Google to remove it from its app store on Friday, followed by Apple on Saturday.

Amazon then confirmed that it would suspend the platform of its cloud hosting services for authorizing “threats of violence”.

Parler chief executive John Matze lashed out at Amazon, Google and Apple, saying it was a coordinated effort knowing that Parler’s options would be limited and cause the most damage because Trump was banned from other social media platforms.

“Parler may be unavailable on the internet for up to a week as we rebuild from scratch,” he said in an article on Parler.

“This was a coordinated attack by the tech giants to kill competition in the market … You can expect the war on competition and free speech to continue, but don’t rule us out not.”

In addition to Speak, right-wing social media users in the United States have flocked to the Telegram messaging app and non-intervention social site Gab, citing the more aggressive police for political comments on mainstream platforms such as Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc.

The social network, launched in 2018, works much like Twitter, with profiles to follow and “talks” instead of tweets.

In its early days, the platform attracted a host of ultra-conservative and even far-right users. But it now attracts many more traditional Republican voices.

The platform drew heavy criticism in 2018 when investigators discovered that the gunman who killed 11 people in an attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue had previously posted anti-Semitic messages on the site.


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