Snapchat has been hacked. On the heels of news that Skype was hacked, it is now learned that Snapchat has fallen to the same fate, according to Yahoo! News and a host of other media outlets on Thursday morning.
The usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million Snapchat users, a messaging app, have been posted by hackers. Since the incident surfaced, SnapchatDB – the website that offered the United States Snapchat users’ data – has been taken down. The persons who did the hacking claim that their motivation was to raise awareness of Snapchat’s vulnerabilities.
The last two numbers of every phone number that was released was blocked by the hackers in an effort to minimize spam and abuse.
The bottom line is that the web site is now offline. Yet, if a Snapchat user is worried about their data being listed, it is suggested in the report that Snapchat users visit the GS Lookup web site. Enter the Snapchat username and hit enter. The GS Lookup web site will inform a person if their details have been hacked.
If a person has been hacked, it is suggested that he or she delete the Snapchat account. By deleting the account, no one will be able to use the account and act as though the other person is the account owner.
Unfortunately, the only way to make sure another person doesn’t use a hacked-account person’s phone number is to have his or her phone number changed.