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Snapchat security breach: how to tell if your account was hacked

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Late Tuesday, January 1, Snapchat announced that personal data from over 4.6 million users of the photo-sharing website's servers were compromised; including usernames and personal phone numbers. Just days after an internet security firm had warned them that their servers were susceptible to being hacked.

The data was posted on a website early yesterday morning, but the site has since been taken down. Problem is, the hackers remain anonymous and still have access to your personal information. This information can be used to forge your identity at banks and other financial institutions that can ruin your credit.

Additionally, the numbers can also be used in "phishing" scams via text messages from hackers claiming to be Snapchat, or help hackers gain access to your other social media accounts.

The good news for those worried their account may have been hacked is that Gibson Security has setup a database for Snapchat users to see if their account was compromised.

If your account was compromised, Gibson recommends that you delete your Snapchat account immediately, change your passwords on other social media accounts, and if you want to be extra careful, contact your phone service provider and request a new number. As your old number will still be out there, even if you delete your Snapchat account.

This latest breach comes on the heels on a number of attacks on big name companies in the past month. Earlier this month, Target released a statement that over 40 million credit card numbers had been compromised in a hack, and more recently, Skype acknowledged that usernames on their site had also been compromised.

Snapchat released a brief statement yesterday that they are cooperating with local authorities, and plan to strengthen their security measures going forward.


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