Millions of Snapchat accounts hacked

Millions of Snapchat accounts hacked

HACKED CHAT: Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel poses for photos, in Los Angeles. Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Photo: Associated Press/Jae C. Hong

(Reuters) – Computer hackers posted online usernames and partial phone numbers of 4.6 million users of mobile photo-sharing service Snapchat, media reports said on Wednesday.

A website called made the information available for download, according to tech news site TechCrunch.

As on Wednesday night, the site has been suspended.

In a statement to TecCrunch, SnapchatDB said that it got the information through a recently identified and patched Snapchat exploit and that it was making the data available in an effort to convince the messaging app to beef up its security.

With Snapchat, users can send photos and videos that disappear shortly after they are viewed and have been lately gaining popularity especially among young users.

Snapchat drew attention in November when reports emerged that it had turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. The two-year old company has so far raised more than $123 million in funding.

Snapchat could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside of regular U.S. business hours.

(Reporting by Sakthi Prasad in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

Recent Headlines

in Music

Grunge godfathers form new supergroup


Ten Commandos features members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Screaming Trees, and Queens of the Stone Age.

in Sports, Viral Videos

WATCH: Peewee footballers ‘Whip’ and ‘Nae Nae’ instead of playing


That moment when you're supposed to be playing football but your jam comes on ...

in Weird

‘Mystery’ soda machine delivers a surprise every time


You never know what you're gonna get ...

in Music

Go to rock ‘n’ roll camp with Tony Iommi


The Black Sabbath star and fellow guitar greats Steve Vai and Zakk Wylde will front next year's annual Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in L.A.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Jaws 19’ trailer


It's the movie that "Back to the Future II" promised us we'd see in 2015.