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Smartphone messenger app Line urges password changes after Japan hacking

Published on Jun 19, 2014 12:56 PM
 
Smartphone messenger application Line, which has hundreds of millions of users across Asia, has urged users to change their passwords on Thursday, June 19, 2014, as Japanese police investigated the hacking of hundreds of accounts. -- ST PHOTO

TOKYO (AFP) - Smartphone messenger application Line, which has hundreds of millions of users across Asia, has urged users to change their passwords on Thursday as Japanese police investigated the hacking of hundreds of accounts.

At least 303 cases of unauthorised access were confirmed between late May and June 14, including three that involved cash trades resulting in financial loss, a Line spokesman told AFP, without providing further details.

"We are cooperating with police in investigating the cases, and we are calling for users to change passwords," the spokesman said.

The accounts were hacked "presumably after shared passwords with other online services were leaked somewhere else," he said, adding that to the company's knowledge, all of the breaches occurred in Japan.

 
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