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Snapchat Database Hacked, Millions of Phone Numbers Released

Snapchat Database Hacked, Millions of Phone Numbers Released

Added: Friday, January 10th, 2014
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2013, www.extratorrent.cc
Snapchat execs have finally responded to the release of millions of their users’ private details, exposed when the intruders published a redacted database which matched usernames to phone numbers. The database was made public by an anonymous group known as SnapchatDB. Although the last 2 digits of phone numbers were redacted by the hackers in order “to minimise spam and abuse”, the hacking collective claimed that it would consider releasing the unredacted number “under certain circumstances”.

The company has acknowledged a security flaw, which was first pointed out to it a few months ago, promising to issue an update of Snapchat to allow users opt out of the vulnerable “Find Friends” function that would search for users in phone’s address book.

Snapchat’s developers also promised to improve rate limiting and other restrictions to address any future attempts to abuse their service. However, the security experts point out that a report about the potential abuse was released five months ago, and the company ignored it. Two weeks ago, an Australian security research group revealed further details of vulnerabilities and announced that Snapchat failed to respond to its warnings. The app developers responded on 27 December that they had implemented safeguards to prevent people from matching up usernames and phone numbers, which they conceded was “theoretically possible”. But it took SnapchatDB only 4 days to upload its database of 4.6 million users.

In response, Snapchat announced it wanted to make sure that security experts can get ahold of them when finding new ways to abuse Snapchat service and allow them respond quickly to address those concerns. The app developers claimed their community was a place where friends can feel comfortable expressing themselves and the company was dedicated to preventing abuse. But thus far all they did was confirmation that no other data like Snaps were accessed or released by the hackers, and that’s it.

By:
SaM
January 10th,2014

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, January 10th, 2014



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by Supermanimmortal (2014-01-11 00:07:29)
Big_A_Little_A avatarAccording to the company, only the account details for users in some areas of the US were hacked.
A message on its website said: "Are you part of the recent 4.6 million Snapchat user leak? Let's hope not.

Enter your username below to find out. (If you want to check then visit GS Lookup - Snapchat - http://lookup.gibsonsec.org/)

"NB Only specific areas of America were included – if you're outside of America or not in an area code detailed here you're probably fine."

Or if your looking for some good bedtime reading download the full list of compromised accounts here, http://www.snapchatdb.info/

http://news.sky.com/story/1189503/

PS, don't you just love that reassuring comment "you're probably fine" LOL!

2
posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2014-01-11 00:28:50)
Embolism avatarnice, "you're probably fine" has got to rate up there with your cheque is in the post and I will respect you in the morning,just because they only released part of the database it does not mean they do not have the whole article,it just means as far as they are aware from released details it should not affect you,lol.
There was a post on trackback linux some time ago where a guy accessed 250,000 email addresses and passwords for facebook in 30 minutes,not to say he could`nt get everyone if he had longer at it.

3
posted by (2014-01-12 22:27:17)
No avatarthis why companies like this needs to listen to people instead ignore them and when they do ignore them things like this happens and make them lose money and etc eventually facebook will be next because all they do is ignore everyone



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