Snapchat compromised, details of millions of users leaked to public: SSO Alert Priority Low
7 January 2014
Millions of usernames and phone numbers from the popular Snapchat program were recently publicly released after attackers copied the data directly from Snapchat's servers.
If you use Snapchat, you should change your password for Snapchat and any other website using the same password.
The credentials were leaked after attackers found a vulnerability in Snapchat's service.
They were originally posted anonymously on a website called SnapchatDB, which has since been taken down. However, copies of the database were made and circulated quickly across the internet, resulting in a large number of people having a copy of this database.
It appears that accounts for approximately one third of users from the United States were involved, but it is unknown if the vulnerability has allowed access to other users’ credentials, including Australian users. For this reason, we recommend that you change your password for Snapchat and any apps or websites using the same password.
Checking if your credentials were leaked
The original website that disclosed the data leak is no longer active, but copies of the data were made. Several websites have been setup to allow people to see if their data was part of the publicly released information, including haveibeenpwned and GSLookup. In these websites, you enter your Snapchat username, and the website searches the data to see if your details are in there.
Our previous alert on breached websites discusses the privacy implications for using such checker websites. As a rule, you should not enter your password or other private data into such websites. Malicious websites have been created that mimic these services.
Stay Smart Online has more information on protecting yourself online.
See also our recent information discussing the risks of using websites to check if your details have been lost in data breaches.
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