Timehop Security Breach Affects the Company's Entire 21 Million Userbase

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

However, although the hackers stole the "access tokens" provided to Timehop by its social media partners, it claimed these were quickly deauthorized and that there's no evidence of unauthorized access of user data through these tokens. According to the release, the attack was detected and interrupted in less than 3 hours of its start. These access keys link the Timehop account to various social media accounts from where Timehop pulls older social media posts and images.

Timehop users who are anxious the network intrusion and data breach might have impact their "Streak" - aka the number Timehop displays to denote how many consecutive days they have opened the app - are being reassured by the company that "we will ensure all Streaks remain unaffected by this event".

The company said names, email addresses, and some phone numbers for the 21 million users were lifted.

Timehop admitted that the attack occurred due to lack of a multi-factor authentication that led to the compromise of an access credential to its cloud computing environment. On the upside, users' financial information, social media posts/photos, direct messages, and Timehop streaks remain secure and unaffected.

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

Some data was breached.

Keys that let Timehop read and show you your social media posts (but not private messages) were also compromised. Timehop has "deactivated these keys so they can no longer be used by anyone - so you'll have to re-authenticate to our App".

In its blog about the incident, Timehop says that at the same time as it was working to shut down the attack and tighten up security, company executives contacted local and federal law enforcement officials - presumably to report the breach.


You may have noticed that you have been logged out of our App.

Most of the data included user names and email addresses. Doing so may end up leading to a bunch of content being inaccessible for a while whilst a new set of keys establishes itself.

The damage was limited because of our long-standing commitment to only use the data we absolutely need to provide our service.

"We have now taken steps that include multifactor authentication to secure our authorization and access controls on all accounts", the company said, noting that this applied to all accounts, not just in those in their cloud environment.

In fact, the Timehop breach happened before the Gentoo one.

Timehop's already completed an initial audit of the situation and is now in the process of a more thorough one to analyze all of its security measures. "As soon as the incident was recognized we began a program of security upgrades". We will employ the latest encryption techniques in our databases.

Timehop downplayed the impact of the attack.

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