Have 3.8 billion phone numbers been stolen from Clubhouse users and put up for sale on the darknet?
IT security expert Mark Roof discovered the proposal in a darknet forum and shared a screenshot of it on Twitter. There the user “God” offers huge data packages for sale – including cell phone, landline and business phone numbers.
The package contains not only the data of the users themselves, but also the phone numbers of their contact books. Because: Anyone who downloads Clubhouse gives the app access to the phone numbers of their friends and family.
Clubhouse denies data theft, declaring at BILD request: “There was no attack on Clubhouse”. The company assured that anyone who tried to tap into the app would not find any information that could be used to identify users.
The fact that clubhouse users’ phone numbers end up in the darknet (a protected area of the Internet that can only be accessed through certain browsers) is a “mathematical coincidence”. Operators believe that bots generate cell phone numbers automatically using random number combinations.
Clubhouse was launched in March 2020 and recently had almost two million users. The app works like a digital panel discussion. There are several rooms in which listeners can listen to moderated conversations and speak using digital hand signals.
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