It all started with just a few words. Friday, New York Times published the article about life in the White House by President Joe Biden. During the ceremony, the company said Biden sent money to his grandchildren using Venmo, which led to “Oh?” your true self. I was not the only one who was interested, however. On the same day, people from Disturbing Stories he is said to have found the account of the President of Venmo.
According to an interesting Buzzfeed article, which you can read in full Pano, it took less than 10 minutes to find Biden’s account claimed to be Venmo using the app’s search tool and friends interface. The dealer also found what appeared to be accounts for about a dozen members of the Biden family, including First Lady Jill Biden, as well as White House officials and their contacts on the program.
The incident set the alarm bells on the digital security team and installed one in Venmo very critical Forms, a list of his friends in public, on display. Venmo, which owns PayPal, does not allow users to create a secret dating list. Instead, Buzzfeed said it was able to verify Biden’s account by looking at his contacts, such as Jill Biden.
The president had at least 10 friends on the program, he released. In comparison, the first lady’s account had several friends, including aides, staff at Biden, her relatives, and an account that looked like that of Hunter Biden, the President’s son. And while having social networking sites may not seem like a big deal to some, experts say that it can lead to addiction, harassment, resentment, and deception.
When Buzzfeed arrived at the White House to hear his story, Biden’s links to the Friends list were discontinued (the app allows you to do so remove friends by interfering with them manually). At the end of Friday, Buzzfeed also said accounts linked to the president and Jill Biden were missing.
The site did not disclose the names of accountants believed to be Joe Biden, Jill Biden, the Biden family, and White House officials for concerns about national security.
Gizmodo spoke with Venmo for comment Saturday. We asked Venmo if it has security measures in place for known individuals who use the app but have not received an answer.
“The security and privacy of all Venmo users and their information is always paramount, and we take this responsibility very seriously,” Venmo said in a statement. “Customers always have the ability to create their own personal events and disclose their secrets in the program. We are constantly updating and promoting privacy measures for all users of Venmo to continue to provide a secure environment for sending and spending money. ”
This is not a new problem. Venmo has been criticized on the list of public friends for many years. In 2018, The Wall Street Journal asked the reason why users are unable to keep their lists private.
“Since Venmo was designed to share the experiences of your friends today, we make it easy to connect with other Venmo users,” a spokesman for the occasion said.
Personally, I choose safety and share experiences every day of the week. However, the main point here is that we have been hearing a lot recently: to choose. Maybe I don’t want to share my experiences or list of friends, but maybe a neighbor wants to. We should be given the decision to share – and be informed of all the dangers if we do – not to be compelled to do so because Venmo was “designed” in that way.
According to a report by President Biden of Venmo, there is no doubt that the president will not address the country’s security crisis by trying to send money to his grandchildren. While it is clear that the White House should take precautions and take action in this regard, Venmo should also make security a priority. Apparently it didn’t.