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Houseparty to offer $1M reward to anyone providing proof of sabotage

Author : Saipriya Iyer | Published Date : 2020-04-01 

Houseparty, a social networking service, has recently announced a $1 million reward to anyone who can uncover a commercial smear campaign that spread rumors alleging cyber breach of other services. The company has been purchased from its creator by Fortnite developer, Epic Games, in 2019.

The site has recently become the subject of various complaints on social media, allegedly reporting that downloading this video conferencing app has led to the accounts on other services such as Spotify and Netflix being hacked. After downloading the app, many users have been facing issues such as getting logged out of other applications, including bank accounts. Therefore, the company called for evidence of the suspected smear campaign to fight rumors suggesting Houseparty was to blame.

Other allegations faced by the company also include users claiming that Epic Games prevents them from deleting Houseparty app from their devices. It responded to these claims, stating that it suggests users to create strong passwords as general rule while creating accounts on any online platform to avoid data breach.

Owing to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 disease, the company has gained more users in several countries, including the United Kingdom, and has become one of the most downloaded apps. It has reportedly recorded a hike in the number of users downloading the app, from an average of 130,000 per week in mid-February to 2 million per week in mid-March.

Upon downloading the app, users have been asked for access to their connections and contacts on Snapchat and Facebook, although it does not ask for access to other third-party apps. This provider of games and video chats also has been warned by privacy and parenting experts about the gate crashers entering the conversation on the app. The users are exposed to risks if their chat remain unlocked, due to the chances of uninvited users entering the chat.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52101421

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