Thursday, 21 September 2023

Crypto News denies report that database of over 100K users was ‘leaked’ denies report that database of over 100K users was ‘leaked’

The team behind the viral decentralized social media platform has refuted a report which claimed that the personal information of more than 100,000 of its users was “leaked.” 

The now-amended report, first posted by The Block, suggested that data posted by Banteg, a pseudonymous developer for Yearn Finance, was “leaked” information.

The team however clarified that the information came from scraping its public API.

“It’s like saying someone hacked you by looking at your public Twitter feed,” the official account argued.

The post also received input from X’s (formerly known as Twitter) Community Notes contributors.

“The underlying data is public and anybody can work it out reading a block explorer: if you buy a share, 5% goes to the creator’s wallet and he will have needed to fund his wallet. The database only scraps that public info,” read the community note.

Banteg originally published a repository of the publicly-available scraped data, containing details of users on the platform on GitHub.

This data included wallet addresses on Base, linked to the corresponding Twitter usernames for more than 101,000 users.

“101,183 people have given access to post as them, leaked db (database) indicates,” Banteg wrote.

Banteg also gave criticism to the inaccurate interpretation of their initial post.

Meanwhile, X users also joined in to poke fun at the situation, with one user Satsdart posting a link to the Ethereum block explorer, humorously claiming that he had discovered “a leaked database showing ALL transactions on eth.”

Notably, Banteg’s release of the data followed a post from blockchain analytics service Spot On Chain which found that’s API revealed specific sets of information not immediately available to everyday users of the app.

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