Was the Trump supporters’ Parler app hacked?

Last week, tweets appeared on Twitter claiming that the Parler app – a social networking app that has grown in popularity among supporters of Donald Trump since the previous US election – had been hacked, after a screenshot of the app’s online database appeared, indicating that it had been hacked.

The CEO of the application vehemently denied these allegations, but rumors are still spreading over the Internet, as some researchers confirm that the application has been hacked, while others insist that the application has security flaws that will soon be revealed, and with the continuing conflict of news and rumors, everyone is wondering: Is The app is already hacked?

What are the details of the Parler app hack?

Rumors increased after a tweet – now deleted – by data scientist Kevin Abosch emerged as the tweet quickly spread on Twitter, causing many journalists and cybersecurity professionals to scrutinize the hacking allegations and the evidence supporting it.

Kevin Abosch's tweet
Kevin Abosch’s tweet

Their reports showed that the database that had an image appeared – already linked to the app, but in fact it is a WordPress registry for the official Parler app blog, which was breached last July and the company has already fixed the vulnerability, and the reports showed that the blog does not contain user data. .

However, there are allegations of a separate security flaw that led to more than 6.3 gigabytes of app user data being leaked, and these allegations come from many security researchers on Twitter, including: (Jackie Singh), head of cybersecurity for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, and (John) Jackson) is a security engineer in applications at Shutterstock, et al.

These allegations come with the announcement of a plan to reveal their findings during the coming period, and it is also clear that the experts have noted that the problem at hand may not be related to the penetration, but at the same time they confirmed the existence of an alleged security vulnerability in the application.

So far, there is no confirmed evidence of application penetration, but no social media platform can be 100% trusted, as customer data has become the most important thing for any company now, and security experts always warn us that companies mishandle user data all the time. And if a company secures the data well, it can easily leak in a number of ways, for example through a third-party server that is not well secured.

It is worth noting that the Parler application is: a social networking application that uses my word (freedom of expression) as its slogan. It is deleted from the Twitter and Facebook platforms due to lack of reliability, or classified as incorrect information.

You can learn more about the app in an article: What is Parler and how does it relate to the US elections?

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