Literally hours into 2014 and we already have a security scandal on our hands, with Snapchat stepping back into the spotlight. Just a matter of days after exploits for the social media service were announced by a security group, it's now claimed that 4.6 million users' phone numbers and login details have been posted online.
Snapchat has reportedly ignored the potential issues for months leading up to the information being published by Gibson Security, as far back as August. Now, an online web portal is claiming to allow access to user names and linked phone numbers, albeit with the last two digits erased. However, since many folks use the same user name on different social networks, it wouldn't take an unscrupulous person too long to find your actual, full phone number.
Reports are suggesting only certain area codes are affected, and that it may be limited to the U.S. at this time. But still, it's pretty serious news, and something you should be taking on board if you're a Snapchat user.
So, happy new year and everything, but where do we go from here? Snapchat addressed the issue with a blog post, but here we are. An issue ignored apparently since August isn't something to be taken lightly. So, are you done with Snapchat now?