Application of social network for the audio chat The Clubhouse is experiencing new security after revealed that an attacker was stealing live audio data from the platform. This revelation raises serious privacy issues for invite-only users of the app, which has seen its valuation skyrocket in recent months.
Researchers at Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO) had recently identified a number of security issues affecting the platform , including the transmission of personal informationnt identifiable items such as a user's unique clubhouse Number ID and plain text chat ID. In response, Clubhouse insisted it was introducing safeguards to ensure that user data cannot be stolen by malicious actors - a promise that may not be worth as much as it is. initially thought.
It has now been reported that an unidentified user was able to stream audio from multiple Clubhouse rooms to their third party website . The individual concerned has been permanently banned and, once again, Clubhouse says new security measures will prevent an incident from happening again.
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Perhaps the most disturbing part of Clubhouse 's rise in popularity is the fact that the app leans on Shanghai-based start-up Agora for its back-end operations. Experts working for SIO believe that this means that all the guarantees that Clubhouse makes regarding the traffic giftborn and confidentiality commitments should be viewed with skepticism.
Although a statement from Agora claimed that the company does not "store or share personally identifiable information" for any of its customers, the SIO believes that users should assume that all of their Clubhouse conversations are logged . This could be of particular concern to Chinese citizens using the app, given that the country has shown a propensity for state surveillance in the past.
Although Clubhouse was only launched last year, the app quickly gained popularity. In December, the platform had a valuation of just $ 100 million, but by January 2021, it had reached $ 1 billion.