Has Clubhouse been hacked? CEO says claims are ‘false’

Clubhouse is the audio-only social network that has been surging in popularity (Getty)

Clubhouse has become a surprise hit over the last few months with the likes of Elon Musk and Bill Gates joining the social network.

However, claims surfaced over the weekend suggesting the invite-only platform had been the victim of a data breach.

A report appearing in Cyber News alleged that an SQL database containing details of 1.3 million users was scraped and published on a hacker forum.

In turn, Clubhouse CEO Paul Davison said the claims were ‘false’ and no such leak took place.

It is alleged that while personal data was made available, no credit card details or other sensitive information was leaked. The supposed Clubhouse leak followed breaches at both LinkedIn and Facebook that were widely reported.

However, the Clubhouse CEO appeared on his own platform – in an audio-only ‘town hall’ event – to deny the claims.

‘No, This is misleading and false, it is a clickbait article, we were not hacked,’ Davison said in response to a question about the report.

‘The data referred to was all public profile information from our app. So the answer to that is a definitive ‘no.’’

Despite Clubhouse being invite-only and only available on iOS, its popularity has rocketed. It has been downloaded more than 10 million times in its first year alone.

What is Clubhouse?

Clubhouse is currently only available on iOS (App Store)

Clubhouse works on an invite-only basis to not only give subscribers that feeling of exclusivity, but to ensure that the people who do get accepted are genuine.

Clubhouse is made up of ‘rooms’, which anyone can join or start, and are titled with the topic of discussion. Inside, you have the moderator aka the person who started the room, and the audience.

If you want to speak, you can ‘raise your hand’ and be brought up to the ‘stage’ alongside the moderator who controls everything in the room. 

Clubhouse has become a place where you can tune into hilarious stories about the worst dating app experiences but also come across World War Three due to an argument about a kettle – honestly, that really did happen. For more than 24 hours.

You can even audition to star in a live recording of musicals such as The Lion King and Dreamgirls, if that’s your bag. 

At the moment, Clubhouse puts a 5,000 listener cap on any one room.

However, when Elon Musk joined the app he broke through that number with ease, leading to his discussion being posted on YouTube instead.

How to get an invite to Clubhouse

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