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April 27, 2010

Blippy is more popular after security lapse

Posted: 08:45 AM ET

Maybe all press is good press?

When reports surfaced that the young website Blippy had accidentally leaked the credit card numbers of five of its users online, some tech writers speculated that the startup would not be able to bounce back from the bad PR.

But the website's numbers tell a different story, according to the company's CEO, Ashvin Kumar.

Blippy - a Twitter-style website where people share details about their credit card purchases - had more users on Monday than it did on Friday morning before news of the security mishap hit, Blippy CEO Ashvin Kumar said in a phone interview on Monday.

Kumar declined to cite specific figures, but said some people have left the site because of its security issues; meanwhile, others have joined, ostensibly because of press surrounding the incident, or because of a front page story in the New York Times on Friday morning, which was published before the security troubles came to light, he said.

"We’re certainly net positive, meaning the number of users that signed up was greater than the number who deleted their accounts," he said by phone.

Kumar said Blippy is taking the security breach seriously.

"This is like the worst thing that could happen to us," he said. "This is very bad for us."

He added: "The safety and the security of our users is our number one priority every day. Every day we come to work just obsessing over how to build a better experience for our users, and the security of our users is the most important part of that."

Blippy has been in contact with eight people who may have had sensitive financial information posted in Google search results though Blippy, Kumar said. As of 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Kumar said he was not aware of any affected users who had experienced theft because of the postings.

He also said Blippy's funding was not affected by the security incident. On Friday, the New York Times reported the company recently received an $11 million investment.

Check out this previous blog post for details on new security measures Blippy is implementing.

Filed under: Blippy • Security

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jimdibb   April 27th, 2010 9:05 am ET

I can't believe this website (blippy) exists in the first place. New levels of egotism every day.

Scott   April 27th, 2010 10:31 am ET

Who in their right mind would ever sign up to such site and give them your credit card or debit card number? Like jimdibb said.... I cant believe the website blippy exists.. Are people that careless with their bank information now days?

MNKYband   April 27th, 2010 10:43 am ET

I agree with both of you, it makes absolutely no sense. It's like giving away your wallet!

Aaron   April 27th, 2010 12:40 pm ET

Gee couldn't see this coming. Anyone who uses blibby is an idiot, period.

Alex Winter   April 27th, 2010 12:58 pm ET


Doug   April 27th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

Aside from the question of the usefulness of this site, were the application designed properly in the first place this could not have happened.

Kumar expresses the typical post-event remorse – of course he's "concerned about user security", now. Where was that concern last week, last month, when it would have counted for something? If he and his company were really concerned about security they would have properly secured the sensitive information and this incident could not have happened.

The reality is Kumar, his company, and his investors were interested in getting a web site out there and making money. Content and revenue were the drivers, not security. Security was an afterthought, and a minor one at that, apparently.

krehator   April 27th, 2010 7:54 pm ET

Proof that people are stupid. I say stop making virus scanners and creating computer laws. Let chaos reign, and force people to smarten up or pay for their ignorance. Dumb people deserve what they get.

nonoy   April 28th, 2010 12:16 am ET

Someone has to be really stupid and brain-damaged to display his credit card info in the web ! It's like giving Dracula the keys to the blood bank !

Marie   April 28th, 2010 1:03 am ET

This is funny. I always knew people were out of their minds but this proves it. Why am I not surprised at how stupid people are?

Common sense doesn't exist in this country anymore.

greenteagod   April 28th, 2010 3:36 am ET

What the hell is blippy? I'd never even heard of it until now. I guess it's in the same stripe as the idiots using twitscape. Cause people need to know what you're buying?

blippynews   April 28th, 2010 10:06 am ET


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i am only using free virus scanners like avast and avira but they seem to be great tools though*.'

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i always use free virus scanners on the internet coz they are quite good too;-:

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