Snapchat users information leaked, update on way to add restrictions

Snapchat users information leaked, update on way to add restrictions

Photo sharing app Snapchat, popular among smartphone users across the US and Canada, recently came into news after the hack of its user base. 4.6 million Snapchat users information, along with their usernames and phone numbers, made public by anonymous hackers. In a response to the vulnerability, Snapchat has acknowledged the hack and announced an update in a blog post on Thursday.

Snapchat users information leak

4.6 million Snapchat users information leaked, update in pipeline

While the world was celebrating New Year, anonymous hackers complied and published a database, containing sensitive information of Snapchat users including their usernames and phone numbers. The hackers even publicised the information to website where anyone can download the entire database as SQL dump or CSV text.

Though the details about hackers is yet to be revealed, the aim of hacking was “to raise awareness” on the “recently patched Snapchat exploit”, in the functionality of Find Friends feature. While leaking the database on the website, the hackers said that they “have censored the last two digits of the phone numbers in order to minimise spam and abuse” although anyone can ask them for an “uncensored database” and under “certain circumstances” they may release the same to the public as well.

As of now, Snapchat has not released an apology to its users for the leak, however, acknowledged the issue in Find Friends feature. An update of Snapchat is in works which will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone numbers. The developer team has also started improving rate limiting and set to add other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse.

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