Date
11 December 2017
Smartphone messaging app LINE is calling on its users to change their password. Photo: Bloomberg
Smartphone messaging app LINE is calling on its users to change their password. Photo: Bloomberg

LINE denies hack attack but urges password change

The makers of mobile chat app LINE are urging users to change passwords but deny the service’s database has been hacked, thenextweb.com reported Thursday.

LINE told the tech news website that personal data taken from other sites might have been misused on LINE and users should change their password. 

“Users [need] to protect their personal information by using [an] individualized password for LINE and changing it on a regular basis. It is also important for users to not disclose their IDs publicly,” the Japan-based company was quoted as saying. 

Hackersnewsbulletin.com quoted a LINE spokesman as saying that “more than 300 cases of unauthorized access have been confirmed between late May and June 14, including three that involved cash trades resulting in financial loss”.

LINE has more than 400 million registered users around the world. Police in Japan are investigating the incident.

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