Security experts have reportedly warned Snapchat twice in 2013 about vulnerability in their security system. Then it happened. On January 2 ABC News reports that Snapchat had been hacked and the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million members had been accessed.
According to the report, Snapchat had been warned both in August and again in late December about the very good possibility of a security breach and even offered solutions to guard against a possible hack. Just days after the December warning, Snapchat was hacked.
Gibson Security is responsible for the warnings to Snapchat executives and relayed to them at least twice that the security measures already in place were faulty. This was proved correct when data was stolen from the company and a group called SnapchatDB is apparently to blame. An unknown spokesperson for SnapchatDB has said that the hack was not meant to be malicious in nature. That they are trying to bring awareness to the security flaws and force Snapchat to change them.
Snapchat is a popular social media service among the teenage crowd and it is alarming that their sensitive data has been received by unknown parties. This certainly can be a huge lesson to parents in allowing their children use of the internet and more importantly, of social media sites such as Snapchat.
While the current Snapchat security breach was initially considered a hoax, it has been proven to be true. Thankfully those who obtained information want simply to increase the security safeguards for Snapchat users. A truly malicious breach into the information of millions of American teenagers could have been very dangerous.