Posted on January 2nd, 2014
If your data has been leaked, don”t panic! There are a few things you can do if you”ve been affected.
First and foremost, you can delete your Snapchat account here – sadly, this won”t remove your phone number from the already circulating leaked database.
If you feel that you”d rather unscrupulous entities not potentially have your phone number, you”re free to contact your phone TelCo, and request that they give you a new number. If you detail the breach, they”ll almost certainly give you a new one.
Lastly, ensure that your security settings are up to scratch on your social media profiles. Be careful about what data you give away to sites when you sign up – if you don”t think a service requires your phone number, don”t give it to them.
Posted on January 1st, 2014
Here’s the full statement:
When we first built Snapchat, we had a difficult time finding other friends that were using the service. We wanted a way to find friends in our address book that were also using Snapchat — so we created Find Friends. Find Friends is an optional service that asks Snapchatters to enter their phone number so that their friends can find their username. This means that if you enter your phone number into Find Friends, someone who has your phone number in his or her address book can find your username.
We acknowledged in a blog post last Friday that it was possible for an attacker to use the functionality of Find Friends to upload a large number of random phone numbers and match them with Snapchat usernames. On New Years Eve, an attacker released a database of partially redacted phone numbers and usernames. No other information, including Snaps, was leaked or accessed in these attacks.
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.
We want to make sure that security experts can get ahold of us when they discover new ways to abuse our service so that we can respond quickly to address those concerns. The best way to let us know about security vulnerabilities is by emailing us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Snapchat community is a place where friends feel comfortable expressing themselves and we’re dedicated to preventing abuse.