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Snapchat improves security after hack

10
Jan
2014

In a company blogpost, it said Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API. Following the New Years Day hack, which compromised the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million US Snapchat users, Snapchat admitted that it was aware of the vulnerability that the hackers had exploited — it had been highlighted in the summer of 2013 — and said that a fix was on the way but many users and tech media pointed out that the companys original response did not include an apology. But now, as well as saying sorry, the company has released an update that will allow Snapchat users, or ‘snapchatters, as Snapchat likes to call them, to opt out of linking their phone number with their username. The update will also require new users to verify their phone number before they can start searching for friends that also use the service.

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