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4.6 Million Snapchat Users' Phone Numbers and Usernames Leaked Online
Snapchat users are all tensed up regarding the recent disclosure of the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million North American account holders. The users can have a look a site called SnapchatDB.info which has saved these usernames and phone numbers and made the information available for download.
SnapchatDB, is an unofficial site which allows open access to two files; one an SQL dump and one CSV text. It shows details of the photo-sharing app's users alongside their location.
The SnapchatDB says that it got the information through Snapchat and also mde an effort to claim that the move of making data available was to bring improvement in the security. Reortedly, in the list even the Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel's details were visible. However, SnapchatDB reportedly said, "it censored the last two digits of the phone numbers" in order to "minimize spam and abuse," but it might still release the unfiltered data, including millions of phone numbers.
Usernames are presented unedited, and SnapchatDB notes that "people tend to use the same username around the web." Those that download the information, it says, can try to "find phone number information associated with Facebook and Twitter accounts, or simply to figure out the phone numbers of people you wish to get in touch with."
According to TechCrunch, The Next Web did a WHOIS lookup on SnapchatDB's domain and found it was created just yesterday on December 31. It was soon found that the registrant's name was protected, but the mailing address and contact number are both listed in Panama.
On December 25, an Australian research firm published the details on a major security weakness in Snapchat. Gibson Research also noted that Snapchat had known about the vulnerability for four months, and alleged that the company could have fixed it with "ten lines of code."