At the beginning of this week, the British media massively reported the danger of the Houseparty video conferencing application, which has gained considerable popularity recently, amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as due to widespread quarantine and self-isolation. Among the publications that wrote about this were The sun, Express, Daily mail and Mirror online. It was reported that Houseparty users massively complain about hacking accounts on social networks, as well as Netflix, eBay, Instagram, Snapchat and Spotify accounts. These hacks allegedly occur after installing and using Houseparty.
Houseparty developers immediately denied this information by posting a statement on Twitter. They explained that the application “does not collect passwords for other sites” and, therefore, no one can use it to extract credentials from other services.
All Houseparty accounts are safe – the service is secure, has never been compromised, and doesn’t collect passwords for other sites.
– Houseparty (@houseparty) March 30, 2020
The information security experts agree with the developers, who write that the application does not pose any danger.
Houseparty hasn't hacked your bank account
-no link evidence
-their services were not compromised (via @houseparty)
Based on Tweets, people installed trending app, but we don't know what else they installed or where else might entered Houseparty credentials that could be reused pic.twitter.com/lWZpJk1jiE
– Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) March 30, 2020
However, all this did not help the company avoid a PR disaster, since the network everywhere calls are made Remove Houseparty as soon as possible.
As a result, the developers of the application and the company Epic Games, to which it belongs, reported that they are currently investigating what is happening and suggest that this defamatory campaign may be paid by competitors in order to cause damage to Houseparty. Now developers are offering a reward of one million dollars for any information about the "authors" of this fake.
We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty. We are offering a $ 1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to email@example.com.
– Houseparty (@houseparty) March 31, 2020