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This post was originally published on Mashable. More than 4. Snapchat co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy. Credit: MCT. The database of information was available to download from the website SnapchatDB. A cached version of the site can be viewed here. People tend to use the same username around the web so you can use this information to find phone information associated with Facebook and Twitter s, or simply to figure out the phone s of people you wish to get in touch with," the site said.
The hackers behind SnapchatDB used a recently published Snapchat API exploit to access the photo-messaging app's usernames and phone s. They did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It is understandable that tech start-ups have limited resources but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does," the hackers said in a statement to TechCrunch.
It is a secondary goal for them, and that should not be the case. The SnapchatDB hackers said they censored the last two digits of users' phone s "in order to minimise spam and abuse," but said they may agree to release their uncensored database "under certain circumstances". Snapchat addressed the Australian group's disclosure in a short blog post published last Friday. We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse," the company said.
The SnapchatDB hackers said Snapchat's reluctance to take "the necessary steps to secure user data" compelled the hackers to take action, according to a statement to TechCrunch. The group posted a tweet on Tuesday responding to the incident: "We know nothing about SnapchatDB, but it was a matter of time til something like that happened. Also the exploit works still with minor fixes. A similar security flaw in Snapchat was revealed exactly one year ago, when users' addresses were exposed.
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