Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Vine Archive Breach Exposes Email Addresses

Vine Archive Breach Exposes Email Addresses

The archive was formed as a way to preserve the popular videos even after the Vine service itself shut down. The company says the bug was only active for 24 hours before being patched, and doesn't believe that the data was misused in any way, at this time. Although it had closed Vine, a company it owns, Twitter sent a mass email to users stating that a bug "briefly allowed third parties to view email addresses and phone numbers associated with Vine account", The Verge reports. Vine has also published a Medium post on the issue.

Vine's advice is to "be cautious if you receive emails from unknown senders" and points out that nobody at Twitter will ever ask for a password via email. However, that is because they wouldn't have had to; any third party with the technical means could have viewed the user information during the almost 24-hour window the information was exposed.

Vine said late Friday afternoon that a "bug" had affected an archive that was erected after Twitter shuttered the six-second video app in January. We want to emphasize that this information can't directly be used to access your account, and we have no information indicating that it has been misused.

To be clear, Twitter was not hacked nor is this considered a data breach - instead, the email address or phone number the company had on file for some Vine users was only available under certain circumstances, the company says.

Twitter declined to how many users or what percentage of the Vine user base was impacted.

And of course, since the passwords were not in anyway compromised, there isn't much to worry about. But Twitter has been hanging on to all that information despite no longer supporting the service it came from and it took little more than a technical glitch to expose personal information.

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