Flipboard Database Hacked

Flipboard, a popular social sharing and news aggregator service used by over 150 million people, has disclosed that its databases containing account information of certain users have been hacked. According to a public note published yesterday by the company, unknown hackers managed to gain unauthorized access to its systems for nearly 10 months—between June 2, 2018, and March 23, 2019, and then again on April 21-22, 2019.

The attackers stole some 8 gigabytes (1.9 terabytes) in total from five computers located at two institutions: MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), one of the world center centres where computer scientists conduct research; Stanford University, known as SCAI, which is renowned worldwide for developing new ways with natural language processing technology; UC Berkeley Security Research Labs’ Palo Alto campus, formerly called Xerox PARC, software giant founded by Bill Gates who helped create Microsoft Windows/Free Software OS operating system around 1970; and Carnegie Mellon University, currently referred back specifically through these networks under Cisco Systems Inc.’s umbrella.