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Thursday 24 April 2014

Snapchat hacked by fruit smoothie obsessive

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has vowed to make the app safer following a security breach. (AP)
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has vowed to make the app safer following a security breach. (AP)

Snapchat users have been baffled by receiving a spate of fruit smoothie images in the latest hack to befell the service.

A hacker has succeeded in infiltrating user accounts to send spam images of fruit smoothies and the address of a spam website.

A spokesperson for Snapchat told Wired: “It’s mostly cases where someone has your email address and password and gets in on the first try.

“We’re not seeing any evidence of brute-force tactics.”

Snapchat said it was aware of the breach and is working to track the source of the leak. Users who realise their accounts may have been compromised are recommended to change their passwords.

Last month the service was victim of a cyber attack allegedly revealing the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users.

The hackers censored the last two digits of the phone numbers "in order to minimise spam and abuse", but offered to disclose the uncensored database "under certain circumstances".

They obtained the information by exploiting a vulnerability in Snapchat's Find Friends interface, which allows users to upload their address book contacts to help find friends who are also using the service.

Telegraph.co.uk

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