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27th of May 2017

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Vine Archive Breach Exposes Email Addresses

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Twitter officially shut down Vine in January, but the company is still holding onto its former users' information, and apparently hasn't been doing an A+ job of keeping it secure.

SecurityWatchThe Vine support team on Friday announced a breach that may have exposed former users' email addresses and phone numbers for nearly 24 hours.

"We were alerted to — and immediately fixed — a bug that affected the Vine Archive for less than 24 hours," the team wrote in a Medium post. "The bug had the potential to expose the email address or phone number associated with a Vine account to third parties under certain circumstances."

Vine has already notified affected individuals about the breach via email. If you weren't notified, "you most likely weren't affected," Vine said.

Vine security failure exposed users' email addresses pic.twitter.com/RBIxrflhNG

— Graham Cluley (@gcluley) May 19, 2017

Vine didn't specify when the incident occurred. The team said it has "no information indicating that any user information impacted by this incident has been misused." Even so, affected users should be especially cautious of emails or text messages from unknown senders, now that online miscreants may have possession of their email and/or phone number.

"Please keep in mind that Vine will only send communications from @twitter.com, and we will never send emails with attachments or request your password by email," the team wrote.

Twitter in October 2016 first announced plans to discontinue Vine. Users had until mid-January to save any videos they created and posted in the app. Meanwhile, the Vine faithful now have Vine Camera, a stripped-down version of the app that lets you create six-second looping videos, which can be posted directly to Twitter or saved to your phone.

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