In the wave of social media including Instagram and Twitter, a couple of Stanford University students decided to up this "selfie" lifestyle with an app called Snapchat. The lure of this repurposed app is that the user can text another person a picture (and we all know the idea is meant for sexting). Why else would you want a photo to disappear in 1 to 10 seconds and deleted from Snapchat's servers? Then you wouldn't have to worry about someone stealing your or your significant others phone - ever! Or get caught red-handed with a very explicit selfie. Kids wouldn't get caught (unless the tech savvy parents catch on). The perverted possibilities are endless.
And of course, it got hacked. Free amateur porn is very tempting for hackers apparently. That and to show how virtually nothing in the digital age is safe, kids. Hackers posted a database containing 4.6 million names and phone numbers of Snapchat users. A website called SnapchatDB.info made Snapchat customer information available for download late Tuesday, in what the perpetrators declared was an attempt to expose the vulnerability of users’ data, according to reports by tech news blog TechCrunch at The Verge.
As of Wednesday evening, the site had been suspended. According to USAToday.com, "Snapchat says it will launch a new version of its popular messaging app that lets users opt out of a feature exploited by hackers on New Year's Eve. The service, which lets users post photo or video messages that quickly disappear, includes a Find Friends option where users can discover friends by their phone number."