Hackers post account info of 4.6 million Snapchat users: report

Thu Jan 2, 2014 2:29am EST

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(Reuters) - Computer hackers posted online usernames and partial phone numbers of 4.6 million users of mobile photo-sharing service Snapchat, media reports said on Wednesday.

A website called SnapchatDB.info made the information available for download, according to tech news site TechCrunch. (link.reuters.com/wyg75v)

As on Wednesday night, the site SnapchatDB.info has been suspended.

In a statement to TecCrunch, SnapchatDB said that it got the information through a recently identified and patched Snapchat exploit and that it was making the data available in an effort to convince the messaging app to beef up its security.

With Snapchat, users can send photos and videos that disappear shortly after they are viewed and have been lately gaining popularity especially among young users.

Snapchat drew attention in November when reports emerged that it had turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. The two-year old company has so far raised more than $123 million in funding.

Snapchat could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside of regular U.S. business hours.

(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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Comments (8)
Malakie wrote:
“it was making the data available in an effort to convince the messaging app to beef up its security”

BULLSHIT!

These hackers are nothing more than common theives hiding behind keyboards. If they were really into it to show sites holes, they would simply contact the site or administrator and tell them. If things were ignored, then take the data and send it to them directly so they get the message..

But posting data live and available for download to anyone is nothing more than an electronic form of terrorism and theft when it involves posting publicly or using personal data for some kind of fame, monetary gain or recognition… PERIOD.

Jan 02, 2014 1:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
jlconran wrote:
So basically FaceBook wanted to buy them, they refused, and then 3 months later they get hacked?? I wonder if FaceBook was stupid enough to leave a paper trail to those they hired.

Jan 02, 2014 2:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
jlconran wrote:
So basically FaceBook wanted to buy them, they refused, and then 3 months later they get hacked?? I wonder if FaceBook was stupid enough to leave a paper trail to those they hired.

Jan 02, 2014 2:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
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