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Friday, 3 January 2014

Hackers get 4.6 million Snapchat users' numbers

Hackers have got their hands on 4.6 million Snapchat account usernames and phone numbers - and put the details online for a short while.


A website called SnapchatDB posted the data, but with the last two digits of each phone number censored.
The site has since been taken offline.
The hack comes after an Australian company, Gibson Security, warned of flaws in the app which meant it could be hacked.
Gibson Security said that it was not behind the attack.
Snapchat said that it had taken measures to protect users' data.
Snapchat is an app that allows users to send pictures that will be automatically deleted after they have been received and viewed.

From CBBC newsround

Following the news that a staggering 4.6million Snapchat accounts were hacked earlier this week, developers have created an online tool that lets you check if your details have been compromised. 
Called GS Lookup - Snapchat, the tool lets users enter their username before scanning the leaked list for a match. 
If the account features on the list, the person's corresponding phone number will be displayed.
But if the details weren't included in the leak, they'll see a 'You're Safe' message.

FromMailOnline - news, sport, celebrity, science and health stories


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