On New Yearâ€™s Eve, hackers released the partially redacted phone numbers and user names of 4.6 million Snapchat users.
Less than a week ago, a hacker group published the previously undocumented API from messaging service Snapchat and two security exploits that expose personal information about customers who use the service. Five days later, those exploits may have allowed the people or person at SnapchatDB to compile 4.6 million Snapchat records and post them to the internet.
Snapchat and its clone Facebook Poke are apps that let users send temporary messages in the form of photos and videos, which get deleted seconds after they get viewed. The idea of spontaneous, temporary, visual messages appealed to a lot of smartphone owners, who collectively put the apps on the top charts of the App Store.
However, the promise of messages being deleted right after they’re viewed might not be entirely accurate, after a bug in both the apps was discovered that could let the message receiver save sent videos permanently.