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Snapchat plans on updating its app to make it more secure

Snapchat plans on updating its app to make it more secure
It might seem like that old saying about locking the barn door after the horse has bolted, but messaging app Snapchat has announced that it plans on updating its app to make it more secure. Considering that a web site called SnapchatDB! recently made it possible for anyone to see a list of Snapchat members' usernames with matching phone numbers (although the last two digits were redacted), Snapchat had to move quickly to prevent a wholesale exodus of users from the app.

As we told you last month, a company called Gibson Security had been trying to warn Snapchat to close some exploits that they claim could have been closed with just ten lines of code. Snapchat chose to ignore them, and the result was this breach in security. Gibson tweeted out Snapchat's API and a couple of exploits on Christmas Eve. Very quickly, one of the exploits was used for the aforementioned SnapchatDB! website. This comes at a bad time for Snapchat because the app, which allows you to send picture, video and text messages that disappear in ten seconds, just turned down $3 billion and $4 billion dollar offers for the app from Facebook and Google respectively. Those offers came after a round of financing was done for the company last June, that valued Snapchat at $800 million.

Snapchat is responding to this mess, not by ignoring the situation as it did originally, but by announcing that it will offer an updated and more secure app that will allow users to opt out of Find Friends" after verifying their phone number. There also will be things implemented on the app to make it more secure. Snapchat now welcomes your communication with them about security issues. The email address is security@snapchat.com.

"We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service."-Snapchat

source: Snapchat via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 03 Jan 2014, 00:29 4

1. Sauce (unregistered)


Serves them right. I feel like they deserved that.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 04:07 2

2. androiphone20 (Posts: 1522; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I'm done with this whole snapchat stuff, their whole plan bunks, I've switched over to instagram direct

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 06:09 1

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


LOL. This really is a nightmare for Snapchat, since they built their whole goddamn foundation on the idea that users could maintain privacy and security. They're paying for their arrogance, and I'm really happy that Google didn't buy them before they got kicked in the teeth.

posted on 03 Jan 2014, 06:34

4. outlawog (Posts: 47; Member since: 27 Nov 2013)


I have the file if anyone wants it lol

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