Snapchat To Update App Following Cyberattack

Posted on Jan 6 2014 - 5:19am by Wileene Grace Olimpo

snapchatSnapchat has announced its plans to release an updated, more secure version of its app following a breach the allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million of its users.

Wake-up call

The company said in a blog post that the updated version would allow users to opt out of its “Find Friends” feature, after they have verified their contact number.

The hack happened after security experts warned the company about a vulnerability in its system.

System changes

Before announcing its plans to update the app, Snapchat had been quiet. Its seemingly detached response caused some security specialists to wonder whether the company can handle the spotlight that it’s been experiencing over the last year, as its service has become popular.

In response to a warning, Snapchat said in a statement last week that it had implemented several ways to make it difficult to steal data.

Although they had taken measures to protect users’ info, the hackers still managed to download the contact details and even temporarily post the data online.