Twitter is warning account holders of its Vine app about a bug potentially exposing email addresses and phone numbers.
In the email, Twitter says the bug impacted the Vine Archive for less than 24 hours. The social media service says once it was alerted, the bug was quickly fixed.
“We want to emphasize that this information can’t directly be used to access your account, and we have no information indicating that it has been misused,” reads a portion of Twitter’s email.
However it is possible that the email address or phone number associated with Vine accounts might have been exposed “to third parties under certain circumstances,” a Vine posting on Medium on Friday said.
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Vine was acquired by Twitter in 2012, just before it launched in 2013 as a video app where users could upload short clips lasting up to 6 seconds.
Last year, Twitter announced it would shut down Vine. The app is still accessible under the name Vine Camera, but without any login or social features. The Vine website is now the Vine Archive, where users can view all uploaded Vines.
The Vine breach shows even after an app shuts down, as Vine did in January, users can still be vulnerable.
How to protect yourself
Anyone who had a Vine account should be extra wary of any emails or texts from unknown senders, Vine said.
Vine never sends messages with attachments or to seek passwords.
Criminals often use news of large-scale hacks as an opportunity to launch phishing attacks, hoping to lure those who might be affected into believing the company is reaching out to them.
All Vine communications will come from @twitter.com, so anything claiming to be related to Vine not from that address is in fact not and should not be opened but instead immediately deleted.
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