While people around the world were celebrating the New Year on Tuesday night, many were sending pictures and videos of their parties via Snapchat, a popular app that allows users to send messages that quickly delete. But during the festivities, the information from more than 4.6 million Snapchat accounts leaked online as a free download.
The database contains username and phone number pairs from Snapchat accounts in 76 different U.S. area codes. If you’re worried that your Snapchat account was leaked, you can download the database from SnapchatDB for free as an SQL dump file or a CSV text file.
The last two digits of each phone number are censored, but SnapchatDB says it would be willing to release the uncensored database “under certain circumstances.” That probably means a Bitcoin payment, considering SnapchatDB provides contact information and a Bitcoin wallet account for users to make donations.
SnapchatDB was temporarily suspended, but is active once again. In case the website goes down again, users can also check GS Lookup to find out if their Snapchat account was compromised.
“This information was acquired through the recently patched Snapchat exploit and is being shared with the public to raise awareness on the issue,” the SnapchatDB website says. “The company was too reluctant at patching the exploit until they knew it was too late, and companies that we trust with our information should be more careful when dealing with it.”
Snapchat posted on its blog a few days before the leak that a computer-security firm informed it of a vulnerability that would allow someone to “compile a database of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers” through the “Find Friends” feature. Snapchat said it introduced safeguards to make it difficult to do, but apparently it did not fix the problem.
If your account was compromised, users are advised to delete their accounts immediately to ensure that others cannot fraudulently use your account. Still, users should be advised that the defrauders will still have access to their phone number.
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Originally from Northern California, Ryan W. Neal came to New York to earn his master's in journalism from Columbia University. He joined IB Times April 2013, and is a writer...