Tango chat service hacked, 1.5 terabytes of phone, contact, and email data reportedly compromised

Tango chat service hacked by Syrian Electronic Army

The Syrian Electronic Army has reportedly hacked the popular video chat app Tango. Since announcing the hack on Twitter yesterday, the group has posted a series of photos supporting their claims, and state they've acquired 1.5 terabytes of data.

This is the latest in a series of hacks from the pro-Syrian government hacking group who caused the Dow Jones index to drop earlier this year with tweets from the compromised Associated Press Twitter account falsely reporting an attack on the White House. The group claims that the stolen data contains phone numbers, contact info, and emails from millions of Tango's users. With 120 million active users as of last month, it's still unclear exactly how much of Tango's user base this will impact and how severely. It is also not clear if the compromised data is encrypted or not.

While Tango has not disclosed any details, a Tango representative shared the following in an email to iMore:

Tango experienced a cyber intrusion that resulted in a brief, unauthorized access to some data. Increased security protocols are now in place. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our members.

We're following up in hopes of finding out more.

Via: e-Hacking News

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Nick Arnott

Security editor, breaker of things, and caffeine savant. QA at POSSIBLE Mobile. Writes on neglectedpotential.com about QA & security, and as @noir on Twitter about nothing in particular.

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Tango chat service hacked, 1.5 terabytes of phone, contact, and email data reportedly compromised


Re: "...and state they've acquired 1.5 terabytes of data."

Amazing what you can do if you have a good broadband connection.

Deleting Tango... Hardly use it anyway since FaceTime. I will be keeping an eye on suspicious mails and/or calls (don't answer calls from unknown or phones you do not know). I am now concerned if they will be hitting Viber next.