Bad news to start off the new year for the popular photo app Snapchat.
Earlier today, the site snapchatDB.info, which has since been suspended, allowed users to download information of the over 4 million breached accounts. This included usernames, passwords, as well as phone numbers.
“You are downloading 4.6 million users’ phone number information, along with their usernames. People tend to use the same username around the web so you can use this information to find phone number information associated with Facebook and Twitter accounts, or simply to figure out the phone numbers of people you wish to get in touch with,” was the statement on the website.
In a statement to technology news website TechCrunch the company stated, “Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed. It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does.”
Even though the website is now shut down, this doesn’t mean you’re necessarily safe. With over 4.6 million accounts hacked, there are tools on the internet that Snapchat users should use in order to check if you’re account was hacked. GS Lookup – Snapchat was created by Will Smidlein and Robbie Trencheny to help out users to see if their account was hacked.
Even if you were not hacked, we strongly recommend you change your Snapchat password. As well, this also brings up the issue of not using the same passwords across multiple services, as breaches similar to this can not only exploit your information for your Snapchat account, but as well can allow hackers to gain access to your other accounts as well.
We have reached out to Snapchat for a statement, and will update the article if we receive a statement.
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