Timehop Breach Exposes 21 Million Email Addresses

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

Timehop, a nostalgic social media platform, has restored its services after deactivating all authorization tokens provided by other social networking sites due to a data breach.

Timehop, which resurfaces photos and posts from social media accounts, suffered a data breach July 4 that affected 21 million accounts.

Any or all of your signup name, email address and phone number.

"No private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected", the company said.

Timehop has already invalidated all the access tokens it had on file, effectively disconnecting every Timehop account from every service and preventing any more harm being done.

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. We immediately conducted a user audit and permissions inventory; changed all passwords and keys; added multifactor authentication to all accounts in all cloud-based services (not just in our Cloud Computing Provider); revoked inappropriate permissions; increased alarming and monitoring; and performed various other technical tasks related to authentication and access management and more pervasive encryption throughout our environment.

As a result, Timehop says users may have been logged out of the app to reset all of the keys.

The attacker also grabbed access tokens and keys, which let Timehop access and display your posts from the likes of Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. "To reiterate: none of your "memories" - the social media posts & photos that Timehop stores - were accessed".

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"The damage was limited because of our long-standing commitment to only use the data we absolutely need to provide our service", the company wrote in part.

That's very clearly a major security failure - but one Timehop does not explicitly explain, writing only that: "We have now taken steps that include multifactor authentication to secure our authorization and access controls on all accounts".

The intrusion went undetected until July 4, when the intruder started exfiltrating the company's database. "But this employee was here for so long, from back when we were just a baby company, so it seems something got overlooked", he adds.

Some data was breached. Furthermore, the company says it's communicating with local and federal law enforcement officials while working through everything.

The company said it has notified all European Union users in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

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".

Most of the data included user names and email addresses.

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