Privacy / Security

Alleged Snapchat Hackers Say They Had Good Reason to Leak User Data

When you hear that 4.6 million usernames and partial phone numbers have been published online, it’s easy to blame the publisher, but what about the company that may have left all that private data hanging so low on the tree?

Snapchat is one of the hottest names in tech right now. The company, which could be worth $3 billion, makes an app that lets users send ephemeral picture and video messages to one another. It has reportedly rebuffed buyout offers from Facebook and Google, citing its explosive growth rate.

But all is not well in the sexting kingdom. On Christmas Eve, a company called Gibson Security warned that Snapchat was vulnerable to a specific exploit, a way for another party to gain access to its data. A few days later, someone posted millions of usernames and phone numbers (with a couple digits redacted) online.

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