Clubhouse facing wave of safety concerns

Clubhouse, the vocal social network that is talked about a lot for its elitist side, might be less private than you think. Security specialists have indeed noted some weaknesses within the application.

The price of success. While the Clubhouse social network is starting to get serious talk about it, security specialists have taken an interest in the company’s practices in this area. And the results are somewhat worrying.

As an article in Wired explains , the small business is indeed experiencing some youthful issues. “The sort of manageable thing when you have 100,000 users becomes more complicated when you have a million. The level of exposure increases, the threat increases, the number of people dissecting the service increases,” said Robert Potter, expert in cybersecurity. And given the recent success of Clubhouse, the problem could quickly arise.

Data in transit through China

Especially since the platform does not start off on the best foot. The nicknames and chat identifiers pass in an unencrypted manner on the platform, which could allow a malicious hacker to follow Internet users within the app. It also happens that part of the data passes through Chinese servers, exposing them to the risk of state surveillance.

Add to that the announcement that a developer had managed to access the content of uninvited conversations and you have an explosive security cocktail.

Quite a few technical challenges

The company said they were correcting the situation by encrypting the data and setting aside its Chinese servers. Other more structural limitations  also pointed out. In order to find new people to invite, Clubhouse imports, for example, your contact book when you register. The issue of encryption of conversations held on Clubhouse is also controversial. Currently, the exchanges circulate and are stored in the clear for questions of moderation. Adding a layer of encryption would enhance privacy, but would make moderation more complex.

Last, Clubhouse’s elitist polish hides technical challenges that could undermine the VIP side of the application. “Clubhouse should just be honest about their management of privacy so that everyone can express themselves knowingly” , summarizes Robert Potter.

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