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4.6 million Snapchat members have their username and partial phone number revealed online

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4.6 million Snapchat members have their username and partial phone number revealed online
A list of 4.6 million phone numbers and matching usernames from users of the Snapchat app are now being offered on a website called SnapchatDB.info. The information was collected using the API exploit that we told you about last week, and is being offered as an SQL dump (around 40 MB) or as a CSV text file. The site states that the information contains usernames matched up with phone numbers. The site reasons that since many people use the same username on sites like Facebook and Twitter, you could be able to find the phone number of someone you want to get in touch with. The hackers involved did redact the last two numbers of each phone number, but cautioned that there might be a time when it reveals all of the digits.

"(This information) 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."-SnapchatDB

A company called Gibson Securities posted a link to the exploit on a tweet that was sent out last week. The company said that it had been trying to warn Snapchat about the exploit for months, but was ignored. The hackers running the SnapchatDB! site might also be trying to send Snapchat a message about tightening its security. They claim that they are sharing this information with the public to raise awareness of the issue.

"You are downloading 4.6 million users’ phone number information, along with their usernames. People tend to use the same username around the web so you can use this information 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."-SnapchatDB!

Snapchat has allegedly turned down offers of $3 billion and $4 billion for the company from Facebook and Google respectively. The messaging app allows users to send text, video and photo messages that disappear after 10 seconds. If you want to see if your username is in the database, click on the sourcelink to get directed to a site where you can check this out.

SnapchatDB! has 4.6 million Snapchat usernames matched up with phone numbers

SnapchatDB! has 4.6 million Snapchat usernames matched up with phone numbers


source: robbiet, SnapchatDB! via Forbes

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posted on 01 Jan 2014, 03:23 5

1. androiphone20 (Posts: 1451; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


*facepalm* Should've taken the money

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 05:26

8. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


Is it illegal to download this list?

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 05:53

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1451; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


meh, it's not(ish).

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 05:53

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1451; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


meh, it's not(ish).

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 06:00

12. ihavenoname (Posts: 1402; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I don't think it's illegal, but I wouldn't do it. Not-ish.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 03:28 2

2. mr.techdude (Posts: 547; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Lol in today's tech and apps is very scary and insecure.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 05:59 1

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1451; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


idk if I should be creeped out about this... okay I am, but idk it just feels like a sh*tload of work to go through all that fb and twitter info and stuff. *shrugs* idk how to react to it but this is definitely a blow to snapchat.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 03:43 3

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7067; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, Snapchat asked for it when they called these guys' bluff.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 03:45 1

4. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Glad I never joined snap chat. Looked like a pointless app to me.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 03:51 2

5. bluescreen (Posts: 154; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


your photos/videos disappear after 10 seconds or so they want u to think....i bet this list wont disappear in 10 seconds!

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 04:29

6. Luuthian (Posts: 215; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I'm sure this could have been dealt with in a better way than actually releasing so much information though... When you actually have the ability to respect those users privacy while simultaneously making a point, that's probably the better option for all.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 04:52 2

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1451; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


If your phone number is in any of these
states, you're not in the database:
Alaska
Delaware
Hawaii
Kansas
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oregon
Rhode Island
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia
Wyoming

I'm screwed louisiana is NOT on the list

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 10:59

13. Jommick (Posts: 201; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


How so?

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 11:08

14. warren24 (Posts: 19; Member since: 02 Apr 2013)


I think he lives there..
good luck man

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 11:51

15. mariosraptor (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


I'm pretty convinced that FB or Google us behind the hacking company, so they could drop Snapchat's value.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 18:05

16. AfterShock (Posts: 2807; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Hey, I got a crazy deal on some new speakers in my van.
Its in the alley over here, come look

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 21:23

17. pongkie (Posts: 502; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


they should've taken the 3b deal

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 22:33

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6505; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Glad I don't have that app.

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