Houseparty’s popularity has surged during a time when people are separated from friends and loved one due to social distancing, self-isolation, quarantines and lockdowns. The app initially launched in 2016 after which it was acquired by Epic Games in 2019. From mid-February to mid-March Houseparty’s downloads surged by 2000%.
Recently though, many users took to social media to complain that their Paypal, Netflix and Spotify accounts have been hacked-they blame the app for the breach of security.
While speaking to Business Insider, a spokeswoman for Houseparty said, “We’ve found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts.” She also shared that a common mistake which leads to breach of privacy is the use of the same username and password across different platforms.
How so many users concluded that the app has been hacked is uncertain, since little or no evidence is available to support the claims. One possible explanation is that Houseparty may be the most recent app downloaded by users on their smartphones.
A “credential stuffing” attack is a common approach used by hackers, in which they use compromised or leaked credentials to then target the same individuals’ accounts on other platforms-which is why it is advisable to use different passwords. Globally, Netflix and Spotify are the most commonly hacked platforms, but Spotify has never acknowledged a breach.