Just when you thought your shameless Snapchat persona was hidden from the public eye, think again. Analysts have long been warning users that Snapchat was not taking the extra measures to keep users’ data safe, and now those researchers can have a big party with “I told you so” banners on every wall.
According to data, hackers managed to snag the data of 4.6 million Snapchat users. This means usernames and phone numbers unfortunately.
The hackers posted the leaked data on a website called SnapchatDB.info which has been taken down. The hackers, however, censored the last two digits of the leaked phone numbers in order to keep spamming and abuse to a minimum. However, they said they would be willing to disclose the info “under certain circumstances.” I don’t even want to know what that means.
According to a statement the hackers gave to TechCrunch, they wanted to hack the site to raise public awareness about the security issue.
“It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does,” they said.
Snapchat creator Evan Spiegel confirmed in a tweet that the data was hacked and that Snapchat was working with the police to remedy the breach.
In the meantime, however, users can check out this website from Gibson Security to see if their account was one of the ones leaked. Or you can delete your account.