Snapchat hacked - is your account safe?
Pesky hackers have dumped a huge database of 4.6 million Snapchat users’ mobile numbers and usernames online. That'll teach Snapchat for crowing about being one of the few private social networks out there eh?
In fact, the company, just days ago, had been boasting about new safeguards they'd put in place to fix a security vulnerability. Then a site called SnapchatDB unleashed their database (although they mercifully left out the last two digits of each phone number, which is something).
The hackers posted the information to "raise awareness” of the issue.
“This information was acquired through the recently patched Snapchat exploit and is being shared with the public to raise awareness on the issue. The company was too reluctant at patching the exploit until they knew it was too late and companies that we trust with our information should be more careful when dealing with it,’’the hackers said, adding: "’For now, we have censored the last two digits of the phone numbers in order to minimise spam and abuse.’’
With that, you might want to know if your - or someone you know - account is safe. The quickest way to find out is to visit lookup.gibsonsec.org where you only have to enter your username (no phone numbers or emails or anything like that) and you'll be told immediately if you're okay or not.