Are you a Snapchat user? Or, rather, is your child a Snapchat user? If you’re not sure of the answer, or if the answer is yes, then you’d better pay attention. Hackers leaked 4.6 million phone numbers for Snapchat users in a move designed to shame the company into taking better security precautions. The hackers obscured the last two numbers of the phone numbers leaked, but the damage is done. Snapchat now joins Twitter, Facebook, and road signs as hacking targets in this new world.
“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,” said a spokesperson for the hacker group SnapchatDB in an interview with TechCrunch.
The security exploit was discovered by the Australian security firm Gibson Security and reported to Snapchat on December 27; the company claimed that safeguards were in place to prevent any details getting leaked, but obviously that’s not the case if hackers were able to get at so much private information.
As for Snapchat users who are in fear that they were compromised, Gibson has a website to allow you to see if your information was leaked.