Millions of Snapchat Users’ Account Information Available for Free Download

by Istvan Fekete on January 3, 2014

Snapchat users may not enjoy the New Year as much as they usually would: as Americans start the New Year, hackers have published 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers on a website. The database is available as a free download though the snapchatdb.info website, and you can choose whether you’d like to have it as an SQL dump or as CSV text.

So what will you download when you hit the button? According to the hacker’s website, they have exposed the aforementioned Snapchat user information. What is noteworthy is that people tend to use a single username across the Web so it can be used to identify the people you want to get it touch with.

The security breach comes shortly after security experts warned Snapchat of a vulnerability in its system and a possible future attack. The warning was taken too lightly by the company owners, who replied by saying they had implemented “various safeguards” over the past year, to make it difficult to crack the database of phone numbers.

But as the exposed database shows, the measures have fallen short.

To answer users’ concerns, Gibson Security, the company that warned Snapchat of the security issue on the first day of Christmas, has created a website, http://lookup.gibsonsec.org, allowing users to type their username in the search box to see whether their phone number is among those leaked.

Also, you can delete your Snapchat account, but that won’t erase data already circulating around the Web through the leaked database.
The popular disappearing-messaging app service acknowledged a Find Friends security breach, but according to their blog post, no other information, such as Snaps, was leaked or accessed in these attacks.

The issue will be fixed soon: the company plans to release an updated version of the popular Snapchat application, allowing users to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after verifying their phone number with the service.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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