The company behind Trapster, an app that alerts users of approaching police speed traps, has warned users that their accounts may have been compromised in a recent hacking episode. The company alerted its registered users in an e-mail sent through processing service Peer360.
The message says that Trapster’s website was targeted in the attack and that its username and password database may have been exposed. Trapster suggests that users who use the same password for other services immediately set about changing it.
Trapster has over 10 million register users, according to its website. The mobile app works by crowd-sourcing information to warn users of the locations of police speed traps and traffic light cameras. The app is currently available for the Android smartphones, Apple iOS devices, BlackBerrys, Nokia smartphones, and GPS devices.
“The Trapster team has recently learned that our website has been the target of a hacking attempt, and it is possible that your email address and password were compromised,” Trapster’s e-mail to its users said. “We have taken, and continue to take, preventative measures to avoid future incidents but we are recommending that you change your Trapster password.”
In a FAQ attached to the e-mail, Trapster characterizes the hack as a “single event” and that “it is not clear that the hackers successfully captured any e-mail addresses or passwords, and we have nothing to suggest that this information has been used.”
Trapster goes on to say that software code in question has been re-written to keep hackers from exploiting the vulnerability again.