Hive Social Temporarily Shuts Down Servers Amid Security Concerns

The Twitter alternative is taking a few days to fix security issues.

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Hive Social, a growing social media app that many are using as a Twitter alternative, has temporarily taken its servers offline over security concerns on the platform. 

Hive isn't a brand-new app; it launched on the Apple App Store in 2019. But the social media platform has skyrocketed in popularity following Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter, which has rocked that platform to its core. The whole saga has just been bananas, and that's given people more than enough reason to exit Twitter and flock to Hive, which hit more than 2 million users over the last month.

However, German cyber group Zerforschung issued a warning to Hive and its users about a number of critical vulnerabilities, and, well, they didn't mince their words: "Warning: do not use Hive Social," they said in a tweet.

Subsequently, Hive tweeted that it would temporarily shut down its servers for a couple of days while it fixes the issues. "No accounts or data have been leaked. Shutting down the server is a preventative measure," Hive said in a follow-up tweet.

The Hive team says the servers will be back online once all the security issues are fixed. How long that will take is anyone's guess.