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Popular graphics platform hacked, users data compromised

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Canva, a popular graphics design app that help users create Instagram worthy photos and videos was on Friday hacked, with user data compromised.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports Canva Head of Communications, Liz McKenzie confirmed the development, but said compromised user passwords remain unreadable by external parties.

“On May 24, we became aware of a security incident. We’re aware that a number of our community’s usernames and email addresses have been accessed.

“The hackers also obtained passwords in their encrypted form (for technical people – all passwords were salted and hashed with bcrypt). This means that our user passwords remain unreadable by external parties,” the graphic platform stated in an email message to users.

According to Liz, “As soon as we were notified we immediately took steps to identify and remedy the cause and have reported the situation to authorities (including the FBI)”.

Users data have become golden and a source of major concern in the tech industry, especially after the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, up to 87 million users personal data were compromised.

The scandal has been described as a watershed moment in the public understanding of personal data.

It was a major political scandal in early 2018 when it was revealed that data analytics firm had harvested the personal data of millions of people’s Facebook profiles without their consent.

The firm used the personal information for political advertising purposes, raking in millions of dollars.

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“At Canva, we are committed to protecting the data and privacy of all our users and believe in open, transparent communication that puts our communities’ needs first,” Liz said.

The Communications Head recommended users changed their Canva password, in line with best practices.

Canva is a platform that lets users design Instagram Highlight cover, Instagram Story or no crop posts, create a banner for social networks – Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

Users can also make birthday invitations or wedding invites on the platform, which is available for phone and computer.

The Android version of the app has been downloaded for over 10 million times.

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