Snapchat says that they have added new counter-measures to phone number matching hack
Snapchat is having their ups and downs this year. Snapchat is growing at a rapid pace, which is great news. But the company is dealing with a lawsuit from an ousted co-founder and is now dealing with security issues. Security researchers found a way to match Snapchat usernames to phone numbers.
Snapchat posted a statement in response saying that they have added counter-measures. “We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse.”
“Theoretically, if someone were able upload a huge set of phone numbers, like every number in an area code, or every possible number in the U.S., they could create a database of the results and match usernames to phone numbers that way. Over the past year we’ve implemented various safeguards to make it more difficult to do,” added Snapchat.
Snapchat emphasizes that there is no easy way to discover someone’s phone number based on usernames and vice-versa. The company also explained that the ability to match names and phone numbers on a limited basis is helpful for users that are trying to find their friends on the service.