One of the saving graces of the Coronavirus crisis has been the emergence of the House Party app, enabling you to hang out with a bunch of your friends and have a few beers on Saturday night from the safety of your own home.
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Or so we though – apparently the House Party app has been hacking a bunch of people’s bank details. People on Twitter are claiming that people access your Spotify and Netflix accounts via the app and then get a hold of your bank details through that. They’re also claiming that they’re unable to delete the app to prevent any more problems.
Here are a few examples:
— ottilie (@flamingottilie) March 31, 2020
My phone crashed and then wouldn’t turn back on, it was presenting like a hack. This happened the in the evening when I downloaded house party in the morning, I can only assume this was the reason all of my phone data was lost and hacked
— Elise Pleij 💫🌙 (@elisepleij) March 31, 2020
Hahah right just seen that Houseparty can hack your phone so tried to delete my account and thought this was weird af pic.twitter.com/v4o2TFG9E8
— leah (@leahgardinerxxx) March 30, 2020
BEWARE! I know I’m not the only one with this problem! A few of my friends have been hacked by @houseparty if you look at the twitter feed! They log into your Spotify from Russia. Get your bank details and can hack it. It’s very simple once you click agree to terms and conditions pic.twitter.com/kBKU7dMUyd
— ellieb (@ellielaurenb) March 30, 2020
Someone’s tried to hack my insta 3x since I been using Houseparty anyone else had any strange things like this happen to them?
— GHANA’S FINEST (@Ghanasfinestx) March 30, 2020
house party trying to hack me when that’s not even my username try again next time hun x pic.twitter.com/kcI0Np1npa
— 🌛✨grace (@mckiegrace_) March 30, 2020
Sounds pretty serious, but if you look at its terms and conditions it doesn’t ask for access to Netflix, Uber or Spotify or anything like that, although it does ask to connect with Facebook and Snapchat. Could Russian hackers (or whatever nationality) be using it to hack your data?
I’m not exactly sure right now, but House Party themselves are adamant this isn’t the case. In a bizarre twist to the story House Party have come out and said that these claims are completely false and that they’ve been targeted by an unknown rival in a major smear campaign and are offering a $1 million reward for evidence and proof of who started it. That’s a pretty nuts development right?
We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty. We are offering a $1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Houseparty (@houseparty) March 31, 2020
Not sure who to believe here but that’s certainly a majorly bold power move on behalf of House Party that’s gonna get a lot of people questioning what’s actually real here. Will be very interesting to see how this story develops over the next couple of days and just who is behind this smear campaign, if it even exists. Sounds like it could be the start of a new Netflix documentary to be honest.
For more of the same, check out the tragic story behind that guy with the big penis from the Coronavirus prank texts. His name is Wood.