Just moments after SnapchatDB.info went offline, the Republic of Ireland’s premier News paper has filed a report of data of some of the 255,000 Irish citizens using Snapchat being leaked through the Snapchat exploit and Snapchat woes continue to rise.
The news report filed by Belfast Telegraph says that the hackers have released the usernames and phone numbers of thousands of Irish citizens scattered round that country. What makes it worse is that the Snapchat is overall 4th most popular messaging service in the country. Snapchat with 13 % Irish users vies with Whatsapp (22% of Irish adults), Viber (33%) and Facebook Messenger (33%) for the attention of Irish social messaging users.
The Belfast Telegraph has published a statement from the hackers from which it seems that the hacking was done just to caution the social messaging company.
“This information was acquired through the recently patched Snapchat exploit and is being shared with the public to raise awareness on the issue. The company was too reluctant at patching the exploit until they knew it was too late and companies that we trust with our information should be more careful when dealing with it. For now, we have censored the last two digits of the phone numbers in order to minimise spam and abuse.”
Snapchat is yet to come out with a statement in view of this news and the news about usernames and phone numbers of US citizens being leaked over internet in matter of hours. Is there any link between the speculated and failed $3.5 billion cash takeover bid by Facebook and the happenings in past 24 hours. As said in this techworm report, the water gets murkier and murkier.