Trumps new social media app GETTR is barely a week old, and it has already suffered attack by hackers. The hackers according to Vice, have successfully scraped the email addresses and other private data of more than 90,000 users of the new platform.
According to Vice, “a user of a notorious hacking forum posted a database that they claimed was a scrape of all users of GETTR.” Recall that the Jason Miller the spokesperson of the former US President announced the launch of the app last week. Among data scraped by the hackers includes email addresses, usernames, status, and location.
A member of GETTR, whose email was scraped confirmed to Motherboard; stating that they are indeed registered to the app. Motherboard also verified the database by attempting to create an account accounts with three email addresses that appeared. The site displayed the message “The email is taken,” which suggests that it is already registered with the platform.
In an online chat with Motherboard, Alon Gal, the co-founder, and CTO of cybersecurity firm Hudson Rock said: “When threat actors are able to extract sensitive information due to neglectful API implementations, the consequence is equivalent to a data breach and should be handled accordingly by the firm and to be examined by regulators.”
To what intent did the hacker carried out his attack? Speaking to Insider, the hacker said he did it for the fun of it. In his exact words, he said it was “easy” to hack.
“They should not publish the website before making sure everything, or at least almost everything, is secure,” he said.
Trump had last month joined video platform Rumble. Trump, who was suspended by Twitter and a couple of other social media platforms towards the twilight of his tenure, may seek to use Rumble as his new social voice to reach out to his supporters.
Twitter, as a matter of fact, permanently banned Trump, while the former US President remains suspended by Facebook until 2023 at least. Apparently, Trump does not want to stay idle not being able to reach out to his supporters, which explains his reason for joining Rumble.
“It is a great way to reach the American people in a time of unprecedented assault on free speech in our country by Big Tech tyrants,” Harrington said in an email to Reuters.
Maybe not as big a platform as YouTube, but Rumble, which was formed in 2013, serves as an alternative voice for conservatives in the US. With Trump now signing up to the platform, it is only a matter of time until Drum explodes in the US and other countries of the world.