Houseparty are offering $1 million bounty for proof of who started hacking rumours

31 March 2020, 12:05

Houseparty offering $1 million for evidence that hacking rumours were started as part of "smear campaign"
Houseparty offering $1 million for evidence that hacking rumours were started as part of "smear campaign". Picture: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images, E!
Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Houseparty creators Epic Games have denied the app has been hacked.

Houseparty is offering a $1,000,000 reward to anyone that can provide evidence that the company was the victim of a harmful smear campaign following rumours that the app had been hacked.

Houseparty, which allows users to play virtual games with friends and have group video chats, has been a godsend to all trying to stay in touch with their pals during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Unsurprisingly, Houseparty (which launched in 2016) became one of the most downloaded apps in several countries, with Apptopia reporting that app downloads rose from an average of 130,000 a week mid-February to 2 million a week in the middle of March.

However on Monday (Mar 30), rumours that Houseparty was the reason other apps were being hacked started swirling around social media. Several Twitter users alleged apps like Netflix, Spotify and even bank accounts had been compromised since they had downloaded Houseparty. Many then called for their friends to delete the app, however, there were then claims that Houseparty were making it difficult to delete the app.

Epic Games, who owns Houseparty and popular game Fortnite, issued a statement denying there was a problem with Houseparty. "We’ve found no evidence to suggest a link between Houseparty and the compromises of other unrelated accounts," an Epic Games spokesperson told The Sun. "As a general rule, we suggest all users choose strong passwords when creating online accounts on any platform.

"Use a unique password for each account, and use a password generator or password manager to keep track of passwords, rather than using passwords that are short and simple."

Houseparty have now said they will be offering a reward to anyone that can provide intel on how the rumours started.

"We are investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty," a tweet from the official account read. "We are offering a $1,000,000 bounty for the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign to"

Just in case – here's how to deactivate and delete your Houseparty account.

1) Tap the user icon in the top left corner of the screen in the Houseparty app

2) Head to Settings

3) Tap Privacy

4) Click Delete Account

5) You'll then be asked if you’re sure you want to delete your account. Tap Yes and enter your password

6) Press Delete

7) Your account should now be deleted. Remove the app from your smartphone or tablet


Brb, just getting to the bottom of this so I can collect my ransom…

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