Story image

Time capsule app TimeHop breached, 21 million users affected

10 Jul 2018

US-based time capsule app TimeHop suffered a data breach on July 4 that affected 21 million users.

This intrusion led to a breach of some data including names, email addresses, and some phone numbers. In a statement released on its site, TimeHop says, “No private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected.”

The statement details how the breach unfolded.

At 2:04 US Eastern Time in the afternoon of July 4, Timehop observed a network intrusion.

The breach occurred because an access credential to TimeHop’s cloud computing environment was compromised.

That cloud computing account had not been protected by multifactor authentication.

TimeHop said it has now taken steps that include multifactor authentication to secure authorisation and access controls on all accounts.

The attack was detected, and two hours and nineteen minutes later, and TimeHop’s engineers locked out the attackers.

Cybersecurity companies have chimed in to comment on the breach.

RedLock CEO and co-founder Varun Badhwar says, “27% of organisations have experienced potential account compromises.

“When organisations embrace the shared responsibility model of cloud computing, which directs them to provide their own security ‘in’ the cloud, and when they adopt a cloud threat defence strategy, account compromises can be mitigated, if not totally prevented.”

Barracuda Networks network security VP and general manager Dr Klaus Gheri says, “This follows a trend for basic security best practices not being followed by organisations who should know better.

“While it’s heartening to see that Timehop is now using multi-factor authentication (MFA) since the breach took place, they should have used it from the beginning. “With 83% of organisations using public cloud for storage (according to a survey we carried out last year), not following basic security advice like this is potentially giving criminals a very successful and easy ‘back door’ into thousands of organisations worldwide,” Gheri says.

Verodin behavioural research team head James Lerud says, “Timehop were able to begin remediation actions about two hours after detecting malicious activity, which is a very good response time.

“Their decision to deactivate access tokens is the right move, but should also serve as a reminder to regularly review what apps have access to your social media accounts."

Industrial control component vulnerabilities up 30%
Positive Technologies says exploitation of these vulnerabilities could disturb operations by disrupting command transfer between components.
McAfee announces Google Cloud Platform support
McAfee MVISION Cloud now integrates with GCP Cloud SCC to help security professionals gain visibility and control over their cloud resources.
WatchGuard announces A/NZ partners awards
Four Australian companies were named partner award winners at the WatchGuard conference in Vietnam.
Telstra’s 2019 cybersecurity report
Cybersecurity remains a top business priority as the estimated number of undetected security breaches grows.
Why AI and behaviour analytics should be essential to enterprises
Cyber threats continue to increase in number and severity, prompting cybersecurity experts to seek new ways to stop malicious actors.
Scammers targeting more countries in sextortion scam - ESET
The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim's device, and have recorded the person while watching pornographic content.
Cryptojacking and failure to patch still major threats - Ixia
Compromised enterprise networks from unpatched vulnerabilities and bad security hygiene continued to be fertile ground for hackers in 2018.
Why cybersecurity remains a top business priority
One in two Australian businesses estimated that they will receive fines for being in breach of new legislation.