4.6 million Snapchat accounts exposed via known exploit

A security exploit in the Snapchat messaging service that was found but not fixed several months ago was apparently used. Over 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from the service have been published on a website.

The site, called SnapchatDB.info, first went live on Tuesday but has since been taken down. TechCrunch reports that before the site was closed, its unknown authors explained the reasoning for their actions, stating they simply wanted to "put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed." While the Snapchat user names were exposed, the last two digits of the phone numbers were blurred on the site.

Last week, the Gibson Security firm stated that known exploits with SnapChat's API could allow anyone to extract user names and phone numbers from the service. Snapchat later tried to downplay the security firm's findings on their official blog, claiming that in theory, anyone could upload a list of all the phone numbers in the U.S. and then make "a database of the results and match usernames to phone numbers that way." The company claims that it has taken steps to make this harder to accomplish but did not go into details. So far, Snapchat has yet to comment on this new leak of user information.

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It's not really an exploit, it's the downside of a feature. Either get rid of the feature or ignore the security "issue"

Mike said,
It's not really an exploit, it's the downside of a feature. Either get rid of the feature or ignore the security "issue"

That 'feature' allows you to check 75.000+ phone numbers at once, they might want to limit it a bit more, to like 5 or 10!

Dot Matrix said,
Love all the "sexy" names. And parents let their kids use this?

most parents wouldn't know what Snapchat is.

from what I've heard, it's pretty much used by kids to send naked pictures to each other.

Dot Matrix said,
Love all the "sexy" names. And parents let their kids use this?

Parents don't have a clue as to what their kids are doing on their phones, and mostly likely laptops, tablets, etc. Half the reason phones are so popular and half the reason why kids today are so dumb!

The cell phone and social media are turning into one of the worst inventions/creations of all time, IMO.

timster said,

most parents wouldn't know what Snapchat is.

from what I've heard, it's pretty much used by kids to send naked pictures to each other.

Are you serious? Naked pictures? My nieces and nephews use this. I need to have a word with my brothers now.

JHBrown said,
Are you serious? Naked pictures? My nieces and nephews use this. I need to have a word with my brothers now.

Yeah, thanks to the functionality, it's used quite often to "sext", unfortunately.

cork1958 said,

The cell phone and social media are turning into one of the worst inventions/creations of all time, IMO.

I could think of worst inventions. Parents just don't take the time to be proactive in their kids' online activities. They just simple hand them a brand new phone without really knowing what they're doing on it.

Dot Matrix said,

Yeah, thanks to the functionality, it's used quite often to "sext", unfortunately.

Didn't recognize you with the new avatar.

Okay, I know dozens of friends who don't use it at all for sexting. We just use it to share our lives with each other and send funny pictures. We're all around 17-21...

siah1214 said,
Website account has been suspended

Didn't get down to line 4 of the article then?

The site, called SnapchatDB.info, first went live on Tuesday but has since been taken down.