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4.6 Million SnapChat Users Exposed as Hacker Steals Phone Numbers and Usernames

Over 4.6 million SnapChat users have been exposed to a hack as someone has allegedly stolen usernames and phone numbers and shared the information.

According to recent reports, personal information like phone numbers and usernames have been released as a hacker exposed SnapChat security weaknesses. The information was posted to SnapchatDB.info on January 1 but was later taken down after the website’s host suspended the account.

4.6 Million SnapChat Users Exposed After Hack Leaves Millions of Users Private Information Out in the Public - photo from Flickr

4.6 Million SnapChat Users Exposed After Hack Leaves Millions of Users Private Information Out in the Public – photo from Flickr

SnapChat, which has 8 million users worldwide, revealed a few days earlier that there was a vulnarbility in their system that they were trying to correct. The company stated:

“Theoretically, if someone were able to upload a huge set of phone numbers, like every number in an area code, or every possible number in the U.S., they could create a database of the results and match usernames to phone numbers that way. Over the past year we’ve implemented various safeguards to make it more difficult to do. We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse.”

Whether their announcement of a potential flaw in their system came before or after the actual attack remains to be certain. However, the attacker(s) who hacked the SnapChat system informed reporters anonymously that SnapChat had not taken the aforementioned precautions. They told reporters,

“Once we started scraping on a large scale, they decided to implement minor obstacles, which were still far from enough. Even now the exploit persists. It is still possible to scrape this data on a large scale.”

SnapChat has made no official comments on the hack, however, the company has stated that it will investigate the incident and more details will be released.

4.6 Million SnapChat Users Exposed as Hacker Steals Phone Numbers and Usernames.

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