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17.03.2017

Millions of teens’ data leaked

Wishbone, a mobile app popular among teenagers, was hacked in August 2016. A few days ago, security researcher Troy Hunt posted on his “Have I been pwned?” website information that the Wishbone user database, accounting for 9.4 million records, including 2.2. million unique email addresses and over 287,000 mobile numbers, had been published online.

This leak is not a large one, but it poses a threat to teen girls. Wishbone lets users take part in polls (or create their own polls), comparing popular actors, musicians, movies, clothing and thus creating rankings. Over 80 percent of users are girls aged 14−18, so the exposure of their personal information triggers serious concern.


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