Livestream security breach may have exposed customer data

Livestream's iPad app.

Livestream’s iPad app.


Video live-streaming service Livestream notified customers Thursday of a security breach that may have given unauthorized persons access to user information such as email addresses, encrypted passwords, dates of birth and phone numbers.

The New York company, which boasted 10,000 paying customers in 2014, said in an email to customers that it does not store credit card or payment information, and that it has “no indication that the encrypted passwords have been decoded.”

“In an abundance of caution, we are requiring all users reset their passwords,” the company said in the email.

Livestream did not immediately respond to requests for comment about how many accounts may have been affected, or when the breach occurred. Its email to customers said it is “investigating the full scope of the incident.”


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News of Livestream’s data breach caps a year of consumer privacy concerns. Earlier this year, hackers broke into UCLA Health System’s computer network, which affected 4.5 million patients. T-Mobile also experienced a data breach in which 15 million customers had their personal information and Social Security numbers accessed.

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