Snapchat to be updated following exposure of user accounts

Millions of Snapchat user names and phone numbers were briefly published on a public website earlier this week, and now the creators of the popular messaging app claim that an update is in the works that should make it harder for such information to be exposed.

The unknown group that posted 4.6 million Snapchat names and numbers this week (the website was later taken down) claimed their only motive was to get the app's creators to fix an exploit in the app that had been known, but not fixed, for months. The software hole allowed people to exploit the Find Friends feature in Snapchat which lets users enter their phone number to make it easier for friends to locate them.

In a blog post on Thursday, Snapchat said it will be taking steps to limit the amount of abuse that can be created via the Find Friends feature. It stated:

We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.

The blog added that it wants security experts and firms to contact them if they find anymore exploits "so that we can respond quickly to address those concerns." Gibson Security, which first revealed the Find Friends exploit months ago, stated that Snapchat had ignored them when they first contacted the app maker on the issue.

Source: Snapchat | Image via Snapchat

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They knew mostly only dim witted, dweeby kids were using this thing so they figured their personal info wasn't very important, is why they took their time on fixing the issue they knew about for weeks!

cork1958 said,
They knew mostly only dim witted, dweeby kids were using this thing so they figured their personal info wasn't very important, is why they took their time on fixing the issue they knew about for weeks!

Kind of an ignorant statement IMO.. to generalize everyone that uses the app as "Dimwitted" and "Dweeby".

So its been well known for months that there were serious security issues with Snapchat, and they waited until AFTER a compromise to do anything...

It's absolutely ridiculous how long it's taken these guys to get their act together. The fact that they appear to have been so dismissive of their massive security problem almost defies belief.

It's all well and good wanting to extend your userbase with new shiny features, but security has to be priority #1, ESPECIALLY when you're storing personal user information like Snapchat do.

I bet that $4 billion buyout from Google looks better now than it did at the time.

Majesticmerc said,
It's absolutely ridiculous how long it's taken these guys to get their act together. The fact that they appear to have been so dismissive of their massive security problem almost defies belief.

Well, that's what happens when bros try to run a company like a frat.