The Kardashian family has taken the Internet and mobile app world by storm over the past couple months. By now, most fans have become well acquainted with Kim, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie’s new websites and mobile apps. In fact, Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian are currently holding the top two slots on the download charts. However, there are some social users who aren’t too pleased with their success because now that’s an argument about the safety of their sites and apps.
According to In Touch Weekly, it has been reported that the new and improved sites and apps for the Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars have compromised the personal information of hundreds of thousands of fans who have visited their sites. The user data breach reportedly occurred just a couple hours after the sites were launched.
A 19-year-old web developer named Alaxic Smith, who reportedly built his own celebrity app, decided to take a look at the information being collected bu the sites. Now, Smith’s post detailing his findings have gone viral.
Gizmodo reports Smith discovered that more than 663,000 people‘s personal information was sacrificed after accessing the site. In a blog post, Smith explained how he’d find the information and from which sites it came from. He also revealed he could actually see the full names and emails of the thousands of people who signed up for Kylie Jenner’s mailing list.
Here’s an excerpt from the post.
“I now had access to the first names, last name, and email addresses of the 663,270 people who signed up for Kylie Jenner’s website. I then noticed that I could do the same API call across each of the websites and return the same exact data for each site. I also had the ability to create / destroy users, photos, videos, and more. It’s clear why this is a major issue, and raises the question: should users trust not only their personal information but also payment information with these apps?”
The allegations have prompted the release of a message from Whalerock Digital Media, the company that reportedly developed the apps. According to Motherboard, the company has ensured that it is safe to enter payment information and confirmed the technical flaw that allowed Smith to view the information. Gawker also reported that Smith has been “barred from speaking to the press.”
Since the technical flaw has been fixed, will you be accessing the Kardashian sites and mobile apps? Should their sites and apps come with warning labels? Share your thoughts.
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