We recently wrote about a social media platform that was subject to a massive hack.
That platform was GETTR.
Now it looks like a different hacker, or group of them, has done something even worse.
A post on a forum on Tuesday showed that GETTR, which was only officially launched on July 4th, was hacked by “threat actors” who were able to scrape the user data of over 90,000 people. The data, which was accessed via exploiting “bad API” implemented on GETTR, did not include password hashes and data that could be used to log into accounts, but did include emails, usernames, and most worryingly, the location data of the users.National File
This is very concerning. Location data is way more personal than usernames and emails.
A Twitter user shared screenshots of some of the data that was taken.
Another problem that users are experiencing is that you cannot directly delete your account from GETTR.
It’s strange that an app would not have this function.
After the news broke that GETTR was hacked, some may have wanted to remove their account from the site for security reasons. However, investigation into the site conducted by National File revealed that there was no direct way to delete a user account from GETTR. Unlike all other major social media platforms, there is no clear way to remove an account baked into the site – instead, the only option currently available is to request via a privacy email to delete all user data stored on their network. This then deletes the account as a side-effect, and also requires human intervention to do so.National File
So if you were hacked, and found your data in that list…
You’d have to take extra time to email GETTR and ask to have your data removed.
But even if you did that, it’s too late if your data gets passed around.
This is bad news for GETTR.
They were off to a good start but it seems like there are more than a few security faults.
There’s also a peculiar connection to a Chinese billionaire.
National File was the first outlet to link GETTR with Miles Guo, a fugitive Chinese billionaire accused of corruption charges by the CCP who now claims to be a whistleblower against the communist regime, noting that many reviews for the site mentioned either himself or his organization, the New Federal State of China. Mainstream media later confirmed that Guo was involved in funding the site, with Politico claiming that the app had existed for a year as a Chinese-language social media network linked to his G-TV network.National File
Looks like GETTR’s story is becoming stranger and stranger.
We’ll have to wait and see what the truth is.