Snapchat Hacked

SnapchatSnapchat  Anonymous hackers have claimed to use the reported Snapchat API exploit to compile a database of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and their associated phone numbers and geographical regions.
They used the security exploits documented last week by Gibson Security that Snapchat “dismissed.” SnapchatDB claims that this information “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.
In order to not make the information too useful to black hat hackers, the last two digits of the phone numbers have been blurred out (redacted) “in order to minimize spam and abuse.” The hackers, however, make it clear that they may release the uncensored database somehow in the future. “Under certain circumstances, we may agree to release it,” they write.
This would be a clever ploy but for one damning fact. A large share of Snapchat’s users are minor children. Could anyone, from the CEO of Snapchat to the perpetrators of SnapchatDB really think that risking the broadcasting of the phone numbers of 12-year-old girls and boys is a risk worth taking? 2013 may have been Snapchat’s year, but I think that they and their security critics need to take a long, hard look at their own selfies and figure this out.

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