After a few weeks of denials, social app Snapchat has finally acknowledged security breach and promised that a future app update will fix this loophole.
Earlier in December an Australian firm had warned Snapchat of the security threat and published the exploit when Snapchat did not acknowledge after the exploit was reported to them. The exploit in question could allow outsiders to view Snapchat usernames and phone number of other users. Shortly after the exploit was published on the web, a hacker group built a tool and downloaded and published more than 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers.
Snapchat has finally responded in a blog post that:
“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. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service.”
Initially Snapchat in a blog post had dismissed the concerns about security loophole.
Snapchat has said that the anonymous group that built the exploit tool are “attackers” and not white hat hackers, what they have claimed.
Snapchat has also promised that it will allow people to opt out of find friend feature which might affect its ability to grow quickly. The company has also said that it may be contacted about any security issues in the future at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snapchat also clarified that no snaps or other information about users was leaked in the security breach.