Hackers have reportedly exploited Snapchat’s poor security to create – and publish – a database of users’ phone numbers and usernames.
The SnapchatDB hackers have released files of what they say is data from 4.6 million Snapchat users. The hackers said the information was being shared with the public to “raise awareness” of Snapchat’s security flaws and force it to act.
A statement from the hackers said: “This information was acquired through the recently patched Snapchat exploit and is being shared with the public to raise awareness on the issue.
“The company was too reluctant at patching the exploit until they knew it was too late and companies that we trust with our information should be more careful when dealing with it.”
To avoid spam and abuse, the last two digits of each phone number have been blurred out, but the hackers said they may consider releasing the full information under “certain circumstances”.
The hack comes just days after Snapchat released a statement saying it was adding safeguards to make it more difficult to carry out such an attack after criticism about its security standards.