Sunday, October 27, 2013

Buffer, a cross-network posting service that also does Google+, is hacked

Buffer hacked

Spewing of spam appears to be limited to Facebook

If you're a user of the Buffer app for cross-posting to various social networks, be aware that the service got hacked today, with spam messages going out over Facebook. The ability to post has been revoked, and the spam appears to no longer be accessible.

As you can see from the image above, the spam was of the "Lose weight now!" variety. (And do us a favor and don't go venturing to that link in our picture, m'kay?) Buffer bosts some 1.08 million users on its home page, with more than 98 million updates posted.

Buffer founder and CEO Joel Gascoigne — that's his name you see on e-mails from Buffer — confirmed the hack on Twitter.

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