Clinkle, The Hottest Mobile Payments Startup In Silicon Valley, Has Been Hacked


According to TechCrunch, Clinkle — the stealth payments service with $30 million in funding and a whole lot of Stanford graduates (and undergraduates) — has been hacked. A ‘guest user’ posted a list of 33 usernames, user IDs, profile photos, and phone numbers to PasteBin.

The leaked user IDs appear to be entirely Clinkle employees, and include such power-names as COO Barry McCarthy — the former CFO of Netflix — and CFO Mike Liberatore, a former PayPal executive who joined the company just two days ago.

Although some question whether the hack was intentional openness, the Pastebin user seems nefarious, writing, ‘This is much worse than Snapchat’s breach.’

Clinkle has brushed off the hack, noting, “You’re describing visibility that was purposefully built into the system as part of our preliminary user testing and was always intended to be turned off.”

CEO Lucas Duplan’s profile picture, above, will not engender any more good will from the tech press. In November, several former employees took to Quora to complain about Duplan’s “shark” business practices, including lying about the size of the company’s stock option pool.

Clinkle’s iOS and Android apps are only available for pre-order currently.