Millions of usernames and numbers stolen from Snapchat

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iStock_000010623991XSmallJanuary 1st 2014 saw an unidentified hacker unveiled a database of 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and numbers. The database has since been taken down and users have been reassured that there aren’t many malicious threats posed by someone accessing your Snapchat details. However, this case does highlight the vulnerability of the social media site which has already come under fire from hackers throughout 2013.

Snapchat is a mobile app people use to send each other self-destructing videos and photos. Snapchat allegedly turned down a multi-billion dollar acquisition offer from Facebook in late 2013.

Although the unique selling point of Snapchat is the ability to send videos and photos which automatically delete, the social media platform has been targetted by apps and add-ons which allow users to capture and save the images sent.

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