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Scheduling App Buffer Hacked, Spam Posts Sent

October 26, 2013

Buffer app hacked

By Gilbert Falso :: 4:39 PM

The scheduling app Buffer, which allows users to save links and posts and send them out later via social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, has been hacked today.

Hackers gained access to the application and were able to use it to flood Twitter and Facebook with spam advertisements for diet pills and other goods. The spam was posted via individual user accounts that had connected their Twitter and Facebook profiles with Buffer.

Buffer quickly acknowledged the breach on their Twitter account, and an e-mail was sent to all Buffer users around 4:10 PM. In the e-mail, Buffer founder Joel√ā¬†Gascoigne apologizes for the issue, and notes that attackers were not able to access password or billing information.

I am incredibly sorry this has happened and affected you and your company. We’re working around the clock right now to get this resolved and we’ll continue to post updates on Facebook and Twitter. – Joel√ā¬†Gascoigne

Buffer users who had spam Tweeted out from their accounts, or posted from their Facebook profiles should remove any posts that were not made or scheduled by them.