Clubhouse developers now plan to add more encryption in order to prevent the app from transmitting pings to other Chinese servers.
According to the official publishing by Stanford researchers, it was noted that they have found some vulnerabilities within Clubhouse app’s infrastructure. According to the story by The Verge, in a new report, the SIO or Stanford Internet Observatory noted that it confirmed that Agora Inc., a Shanghai-based company, which is known to make real-time engagement software, actually supplies some back-end infrastructure to the now popular Clubhouse app.
Clubhouse app data leak
The SIO has then further discovered that users’ own unique Clubhouse ID numbers as well as chatroom IDs were reportedly transmitted into plaintext. This would most likely allow Agora some access to other raw Clubhouse audio. For anyone that is observing internet traffic, it would be easy to match the IDs on the said shared chatrooms in order to see who’s talking about what. SIO released a Tweet about this.
SIO researchers even revealed that they had found some metadata from the Clubhouse app room being directly relayed to certain servers that could be hosted over in the People’s Republic of China. It was also found out that the audio was actually sent over to servers that were managed by some Chinese entities and then distributed around the whole world.
Agora Chinese company
Agora is known to be a Chinese company and it would actually be legally required to assist the Chinese government in locating and storing some audio messages if the authorities noted that the messages actually posed as maybe a national threat to security according to the summaries of the researchers. Agora replied to SIO noting it does not store any user audio or metadata aside from those allowing them to monitor the network quality and also bill its clients only as long as the audio is said to be stored on certain servers in the US which would make the data inaccessible to the Chinese government.
Clubhouse has told SIO that it was actually going to roll out some changes like adding additional encryption and also blocks to be able to prevent some Clubhouse clients from ever possibly transmitting certain pings to other Chinese servers.
With security being a major issue, it’s important to have at least an antivirus installed on your device. McAfee and Norton 360 are two of the most reliable antivirus softwares. What they do is notify the user should any sketchy thing be happening on their device or online. However, this is not always a guarantee and users should still be careful with their information including passwords, emails, and of course, credit cards.
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