iPhone users, alert! THIS app exposed locations of millions of users

New Delhi: US-based anonymous social media platform Yik Yak, which allows users to read messages from others nearby, has reportedly left at least two million users’ exact locations exposed. David Teather, a computer science student, discovered last month that the iPhone app’s flaws allowed attackers to get both the exact location of posts and users’ unique IDs. “I was able to access the exact GPS coordinates (exact within 10-15 feet) of all posts and comments on the Yik Yak platform, this leaves at least 2 million users at risk. This number is probably higher, as the number of users is six months old “, he wrote in a blog post.

“I revealed what I found for the Yik Yak team on April 11, 2022. Almost a month later on May 8, 2022 (1 day before the publication date), they responded by deleting the user ID returned for posts and comments. this is not enough to protect privacy “, he added.

Yik Yak is a pseudonymous message board where users can see posts within a radius of 5 miles. Each user has an emoji and color to distinguish individuals, these can be reset if the user so wishes.

This feature allows conversation chains to continue in comment sections where users can interact.

Each post has a place associated with it in terms of design, and when you look at a post, the app shows how far away they are from you. Read also: eMudhra IPO opens on May 20: Price band, subscription date and everything you need to know

The app, which was originally launched in 2013, was shut down due to its failure over rumors of cyberbullying and harassment, was re-launched last year. It is now marketed to people aged seventeen and older. Also read: iPhone models may come with Type-C ports: That’s why it’s good news for Apple fans

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