Social Network Blippy Leaks Credit Card Details

A social network that allows users to share details of their purchases with each other has admitted leaking sensitive credit card information on to the internet.

Californian company Blippy says it has corrected the problem and has contacted the four customers whose credit card details were "accidentally" leaked. Search engine giant Google reassured users that it had removed the offending information from its databases.

Commenting on the data leak, Blippy co-founder, Philip Kaplan, said on the company blog: "We are serious about security and want to assure Blippy users that this was an isolated incident from many months ago in our beta test, and doesn't affect current users."

The data leak was reported by technology financial news site VentureBeat, which blamed the the incompetence of company staff for the security breach, which credit card details of four users to search queries across the internet.

According to a statement released by the company, the data leak was the result of technical errors during a test that meant credit card details were not removed from the HTML code that was made visible over the internet.