Vine Archive Breach Exposes Email Addresses


Vine has already notified affected individuals about the breach via email.

Vine and Twitter warned affected users to watch out for phishing schemes in which a scammer sends an email mimicking a legitimate service to steal personal data.

We would like to inform the Vine community that we were alerted to - and immediately fixed - a bug that affected the Vine Archive for less than 24 hours.

Once a fairly popular social app, Vine was effectively shut down at the beginning of the year, but the company continues to maintain an online archive of Vine videos and a basic utility for those users who want to still make short, looping video clips. It’s also advising affected users to be cautious about any emails from unknown senders as a result. Consequently, the company wrote in a Medium post, email addresses and phone numbers associated with Vine accounts could have potentially been exposed to third parties.

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

According to TechCrunch, the Vine user information was not published on the public-facing Vine archive website where anyone could have visited it, but any person using an API (application program interface) to pull information may have been able to access the data. The company reiterates that this information does not give anyone the ability to access accounts and that no passwords were exposed. Millions of users were unable to access the service throughout the day, including many in the eastern U.S., Europe and Japan.

Vine has been dead for almost five months and users have likely moved on from it, forgetting all about the six-second looping videos that populated it. No password data was taken and Twitter has not seen any indication that the exposed data was misused in any way.

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