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Snapchat Loopholes Could Allow Hackers To Identify Your Account

by Brandon Russell | December 26, 2013December 26, 2013 1:00 pm PST


Your privacy on Snapchat is virtually non-existent according to new exploits revealed by Gibson Security. According to a report on ZDNet, loopholes found in Snapchat’s code allegedly allows hackers to find a person’s phone number and link it to their Snapchat account. Perhaps not particularly dangerous in an NSA world, though the report suggests the information could be used for things like spamming, and even stalking by those with really nefarious intentions. The data could even be sold to folks willing to pay for a person’s phone number and social media profile information.

Gibson Security’s report also claims Snapchat isn’t being totally honest about how it reports traffic, and has been misleading the press (and investors). Worse, hackers have found ways to engineer false accounts, which makes it impossible for Snapchat to know what percentage of accounts are valid. So when Snapchat says 70 percent of users are female, the company could be reporting a falsehood, Gibson Security said, because there is allegedly no way for Snapchat to obtain that information.

These exploits have reportedly been ignored by Snapchat since August, which is why Gibson Security finally published the code. The loopholes can apparently be closed with just ten lines of code, but Snapchat has yet to implement a fix. The social network has been a stalwart of the mobile industry throughout 2013, and has become so popular that not even $4 billion is enough for company CEO, Evan Spiegel, to sell. Snapchat has yet to respond to Gibson Security’s allegations.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.