Epic privacy fail: WeTransfer shared its users' files with the wrong people

Discussion in 'privacy problems' started by mood, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. mood

    mood Updates Team

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    Epic privacy fail: WeTransfer shared its users' files with the wrong people
    June 21, 2019
    https://betanews.com/2019/06/21/wetransfer-fail/
    Dear WeTransfer user,

    We are writing to let you know about a security incident in which a number of WeTransfer service emails were sent to the wrong people. This happened on June 16th and 17th. Our team has been working tirelessly to correct and contain this situation and find out how it happened.

    We have learned that a transfer you sent or received was also delivered to some people it was not meant to go to. Our records show those files have been accessed, but almost certainly by the intended recipient. Nevertheless, as a precaution we blocked the link to prevent further downloads.

    As your email address was also included in the transfer email, please keep an eye out for any suspicious or unusual emails you receive.

    We understand how important your data is and never take your trust in our service for granted. If you have any questions or concerns, just reply to this email to contact our support team.

    The WeTransfer Team
     
  2. Reality

    Reality Registered Member

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    Last time I looked, on their welcome screen they highlight - Send up to 2GB; No registration and It's free

    Then in (much) smaller writing they say "To continue please agree to our TOS and cookie policy. We use cookies for functional and analytical purposes and third party cookies for advertising purposes"

    No surprise from a company that tells you their service is free but you can't retrieve files unless you agree to cookies including 3rdP cookies for ads. No thanks.
     
  3. BoerenkoolMetWorst

    BoerenkoolMetWorst Registered Member

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    I use alternatives anyway because WeTransfer does not encrypt your files.
     
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