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

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.

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.

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.

source: robbiet, SnapchatDB! via Forbes



18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Glad I don't have that app.

17. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

they should've taken the 3b deal

15. mariosraptor

Posts: 195; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

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

16. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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

13. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

How so?

14. warren24

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

I think he lives there.. good luck man

6. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

5. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

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

4. GeekMovement unregistered

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

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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.

1. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

*facepalm* Should've taken the money


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Is it illegal to download this list?

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

meh, it's not(ish).

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

meh, it's not(ish).

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

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