Hackers have breached online security measures at social media startup Snapchat and have posted data linked to millions of user accounts online.
The SnapChat hack affects 4.6 million user accounts. Snapchat allows users to post photos and video clips that are visible to other users for very brief periods of time before disappearing. The hackers told media outlets that they had snatched the data in a bid to expose flaws in Snapchat’s security and pressure the company to fix the problem, the Telegraph notes.
Users who want to know if their account data has been compromised in the Snapchat hack can check their accounts on a online security website. The data includes user phone numbers. Currently, data obtained in the Snapchat hack is being partially censored by the hackers to prevent misuse. However, the hackers say they could release the full database “under certain circumstances.”
Australia-based Gibson Security had alerted Snapchat to the flaw in its security systems just days before the Snapchat hack. Last week, the website insisted that it had adequate data protections. Hackers behind the Snapchat hack upbraided Snapchat for waiting too long to fix the problem even after they were warned about it.
In late 2012, experts warned that messages, videos and photos sent by the app might not really be erased after they disappear.
Last month, Snapchat raised $50 million in financing.