Disposable image sharing app Snapchat didn’t have a very good start to the year after a website which went by the name SnapchatDB leaked around 4.6 million Snapchat user information which was readily available for anyone to download. Snapchat have since acknowledged the hack and have put measures in place to make it more difficult for hackers to gain said information.
Today Snapchat released an update to it’s photo sharing app which made it more difficult for people to gain information of other Shapchat users. This move comes after a website released information on a ton of Snapchat users which was gained by an exploit found within the Find a Friend feature, an exploit Snapchat acknowledged but downplayed.
“We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number,” Snapchat said in its blog post. “We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.”
Snapchat have also created an email address for anyone who has found any other security flaws or exploits, [email protected], not that they’ll take you seriously, or do anything about it.
Gibson Security, the security firm that initially pointed out the exploit to Snapchat as far back as August responded to Snapchats blog post saying that Snapchat doesn’t actually claim that the vulnerability has fixed, they actually only offered means to opt out of the Friend Find function, and has yet to apologize to its users.
I’m not what you’d call a heavy Snapchat user but I have used it on occasion. I’m actually pretty disappointed by the way that Snapchat has dealt with this situation, the information released could be very personal to some people especially if they use the same usernames for other more private Social Networks such as Twitter and Facebook, so to not even apologise to it’s users, they’re kinda lighting a fuse here.