People took to Twitter to apologize to their contacts for the messages and advise against clicking on the links. Microsoft said the app’s security wasn’t compromised.
Users of GroupMe on Wednesday reported getting spam messages promoting diet pills or asking for Bitcoin.
This reporter got a message that read, “Hey Blake! Happy New Year!” and included a mysterious link followed by “(christmas tree),” from someone who hadn’t made contact in several years.
GroupMe, owned by Microsoft, allows people to create and manage group chats on smartphones. Details about the nature or size of any potential breach remain unclear, but the app has millions of users.
A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement, “Some GroupMe customers reported that their accounts were being used to send spam mails. We looked into this and determined that the security of the GroupMe service wasn’t affected.”