The management of the social media app, Hive, announced it has shut down its server.
This, the company said, became imperative following concerns raised by security experts who discovered a number of critical vulnerabilities on the platform.
The researchers said the vulnerabilities would give attackers access to users data, including private posts and messages.
Others include shared media and deleted direct messages as well as the ability to edit other people’s Hive posts.
The researchers which included a part of a German team called Zerforschung, claimed they confidentially reported the security vulnerabilities to Hive’s team, however, they were unable to get a satisfactory response.
A Zerforschung blog reported that Hive replied several day later, saying that the issues have been fixed. However, the researchers found this was not the case so they took their concerns to the public, warning people against using Hive’s app.
Thereafter, Hive announced it was temporarily shutting down its servers to address these problems. It also claimed, that they never told the researchers the issues were “fixed” but that they were “fixing” them, eventually deciding to go offline until problems were addressed.
Their recent tweet read, “Hi everyone!🐝
The Hive team has become aware of security issues that affect the stability of our application and the safety of our users. Fixing these issues will require temporarily turning off our servers for a couple of days while we fix this for a better and safer experience.”