Technology 2 min read

TeenSafe App Exposes Thousands of Account IDs and Passwords

Geralt |

Geralt |

A UK-based researcher discovered that the TeenSafe app had leaked information on thousands of parents and children.

The TeenSafe app allows parents to monitor their children’s digital activities like text messages, social media, web browsing history, call logs, and mobile device location. Aside from that, the app also enables parents to observe the third-party applications that have been installed by their children on their phone.

However, Robert Wiggins, a UK-based security researcher, found that the California-based company has left its servers unprotected and exposed to virtually anyone even without security credentials. The two servers were reportedly hosted in Amazon Web Services and were immediately pulled offline by TeenSafe after ZDNet reported the incident.

“We have taken action to close one of our servers to the public and begun alerting customers that could potentially be impacted,” a spokesperson for the company was quoted as saying.

Read More: New Facebook Data Leak Compromises 3 Million User Accounts

Further reports said that the leaked information includes parents’ email addresses, the children’s Apple ID email addresses, device names, device unique IDs, and plaintext passwords for the children’s Apple ID.

The application’s two-factor authentication was also turned off, which could allow any cybercriminal who has a copy of the credentials to break into any child’s account and access all personal content data.

Around 10,200 accounts from the past three months were reportedly compromised. However, some of these records were duplicates. The leaked data did not include any messages, photos, or location data.

While the exposed servers were already pulled offline and can no longer be accessed by anyone, the owners of the TeenSafe app still haven’t issued any official statement yet about the incident and how it plans to keep its servers protected in the future.

Have you ever used the TeenSafe app?

First AI Web Content Optimization Platform Just for Writers

Found this article interesting?

Let Chelle Fuertes know how much you appreciate this article by clicking the heart icon and by sharing this article on social media.

Profile Image

Chelle Fuertes

Chelle is the Product Management Lead at INK. She's an experienced SEO professional as well as UX researcher and designer. She enjoys traveling and spending time anywhere near the sea with her family and friends.

Comments (0)
Most Recent most recent
share Scroll to top

Link Copied Successfully

Sign in

Sign in to access your personalized homepage, follow authors and topics you love, and clap for stories that matter to you.

Sign in with Google Sign in with Facebook

By using our site you agree to our privacy policy.