iPhone users, alert! This app exposed the locations of millions of users, see details technology news

New Delhi: US-based anonymous social media platform Yik Yak, which allows users to read messages from others in close proximity, has reportedly uncovered the exact locations of at least two million users. Computer science student David Tether discovered last month that flaws in the iPhone app allow attackers to obtain the exact location of both posts and users’ unique IDs. “I was able to access accurate GPS coordinates (within 10-15 feet) of all posts and comments on the Yik Yak platform, this puts at least 2 million users at risk. This number is likely to be higher, because This user number is six months old,” he wrote in a blog post.

“I disclosed what I found to the Yik Yak team on April 11, 2022. About a month later, on May 8, 2022 (1 day before the public disclosure date), they responded by deleting the user IDs being returned for posts and comments. Granted. It is not enough to protect privacy,” he said.

Yik Yak is a pseudonymous messaging board where users can view posts within a 5-mile radius. Each user has an emoji and color to differentiate the persons, these can be reset if the user wishes.

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

Each post has a location associated with it by design, and when viewing a post the app displays how far they are from you. Read also: eMudra IPO to open on May 20: Price band, subscription dates, and all you need to know

The app, which was initially launched in 2013 after it was shut down due to its failure over cyber-bullying and harassment reputation, was relaunched last year. It is now marketed to people seventeen years of age and older. Read also: iPhone models may come with Type-C port: Here’s why it’s good news for Apple fans

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