REPORT: App stores pull ‘Yelp for conservatives’ over security flaws

BY TEAM DML / MARCH 14, 2019 /

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An app launched to help supporters of President Trump find restaurants where they will be “safe” from confrontations with staff or other customers over their political views was taken down from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store on Wednesday.

The 63red Safe app, dubbed the “Yelp for conservatives,” sought to identify restaurants and other locations where Trump supporters could openly support the president without fear of backlash from his detractors or protests.

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Instead, the app was pulled Wednesday after it was revealed to contain a security flaw that allowed any user to access usernames, email addresses and other personal information of users without their knowledge or consent.

SFgate.com reports that the app was removed from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store on Wednesday following news of the breach.

The Twitter account @fs0c131y, which claims to be a French security researcher and goes the name Elliot Alderson, likely a reference to the main character of the television show “Mr. Robot,” demonstrated in a pair of tweets how the app could be used to access the personal information of users, and tweeted a screenshot from the app that appeared to show app founder Scott Wallace’s email address, username and password, though the latter was blacked out by the account.

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