Snapchat user info compromised


Boi-Han Nguyen / Legacy Media

Student takes a selfie for Snapchat.

Over 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers were leaked on the Internet after Snapchat failed to respond to a security threat pointed out by Gibson Security. In December, Gibson Security released a statement bringing attention to security holes that could allow users to gain information from the app. Since Snapchat did not improve security after these findings, SnapchatDB, the company responsible for leaking the information, allegedly hacked into the Snapchat system on News Year’s day.

In a statement released on the website, the founders of SnapchatDB claim to have released this information as a way to convince Snapchat to improve their security.

“Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed,” the statement said. “It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does.”

Junior Miriam Jacota feels that Snapchat has a responsibility to keep user information protected. She feels that users put their trust into the company, and that in return, the company should give them effective protection.

“I feel they shouldn’t have ignored that security threat,” Jacota said. “People have information and personal stuff on there. They entrust the company to keep it safe. It makes me feel afraid that my information could be out there.”

As of now, Snapchat has not released a statement regarding the leak. Although no photos were leaked, several usernames and phone numbers were posted on the site, available for anyone to download. To check if your information was compromised, visit