Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Jun 19, 2014

Line app hacks prompt call to alter passwords

Users of smartphone messenger application Line, who number in the hundreds of millions across Asia, are being urged to change their passwords Thursday as Japanese police investigate the hacking of hundreds of accounts. At least 303 cases of unauthorized access were confirmed between late ...

Jun 13, 2014

Line accounts may have been compromised, company warns

Line Corp., creator of the popular Smartphone messaging app Line, said Friday that it recently uncovered cases of unauthorized access involving user accounts. Customer email addresses and passwords may have been obtained through services offered by other companies, Line said, without revealing the number ...

Jun 4, 2014

Line Corp. weighs Tokyo, New York IPOs this year

Smartphone messaging app operator Line Corp. is considering initial public offerings on bourses in Japan and the U.S. this year to raise funds and accelerate overseas business, according to sources. Line, a Tokyo-based subsidiary of South Korea’s Naver Corp., is considering listing on the ...

Line stake said good for SoftBank

Feb 26, 2014

Line stake said good for SoftBank

SoftBank Corp. would attract younger consumers and help boost usage by acquiring a stake in instant messaging service Line Corp., an analyst at Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit said. Average revenue per mobile user has declined at wireless phone carriers as consumers ...

Feb 25, 2014

SoftBank reportedly has sights on Line

SoftBank Corp. is seeking to buy a stake in Line Corp., the mobile-messaging service controlled by South Korea’s Naver Corp., sources said. Line has received at least one other offer for all or some of the company, prompting it to slow preparations for an ...

Line censoring messages in China

Nov 28, 2013

Line censoring messages in China

by Tomoko Otake

In another example of the dilemmas facing Internet companies operating in China, Japan-based instant messaging app provider Line Corp. has been censoring chats among users there, blocking the transmission of politically sensitive words and phrases. Line, which announced Monday that the number of people ...

Nov 26, 2013

Line app users top 300 million

Smartphone messaging company Line Corp. said Monday that the number of its global users has topped the 300 million mark, partly because it is offering the services in various languages. “The next goal is to top 500 million (users worldwide) next year,” Line CEO ...