After one week of hacking of 4.6 million phone numbers of Snapchat users, the company has finally apologized for this.
The security experts had earlier warned the company that its Find Friends feature was vulnerable to hacking bu the company had brushed aside the claim. The hackers later on went on to use the exploit and hacked 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers of Snapchat users. However, the company did not apologize even after the phone number were posted online by hackers. But just explained how the hack had occured.
However, earlier today, Snapchat has said in a blog post that it has updated the app which will allow users to opt out of Find Friends feature in Snapchat. With Find Friends feature you could use your phone number to find other of your contacts who are already on Snapchat. This is an important way to help Snapchat growth. The new blog post also notes that the new users of Snapchat will be required to verify their phone number.
The blog post ends with an apology from Snapchat over the incident.
Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API. We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support.
Hopefully the new update can prevent further hacking of Snapchat.