Remember last week, when we told you the hyper-successful startup of 2013 Snapchat ignored the warning signs that their code might have been flawed for months? Well, the cybersecurity chickens have finally come to roost, and it looks like the CEO is going to be the one left holding their eggs at the end of this whole debacle.
4.6 million user accounts have been leaked onto the open internet today, thanks to a website run by an anonymous hacker under the moniker SnapchatDB.info.
According to sources close to the company, head of operations Evan Spiegel was acutely aware of the security hole present in his system, and actively decided not to spend investor cash to attempt to patch it up assuming that no one would take advantage.
Snapchat initially responded to the press release from Hold Security with a statement on their blog, claiming that although they do keep a database of phone numbers, there is no requirement on behalf of the users to give theirs up in order to use the service.
“Adding a phone number to your Snapchat account is optional, but it’s helpful for allowing your friends to find you. We don’t display the phone numbers to other users and we don’t support the ability to look up phone numbers based on someone’s username.”
Although the database hosting the file claims the haul represents “a vast majority of users”, journalists are quick to point out that only 76 of the 322 area codes in America make an appearance on the list. A rather resourceful Reddit user has kindly contributed a few hours of his day to post this helpful tool which will enable you to check whether or not your data was compromised or not in an instant.