Snapchat, You’re Not Invisible. Love, Your Hackers

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Snapchat is celebrating the new year with a good old-fashioned hack. According to the Washington Post, hackers posted a database of 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers of Snapchat users late on Tuesday and made Snapchat customer information available for download on a website called SnapchatDB.info.

In the final days of 2013, Australia-based Gibson Security warned Snapchat about the possibility of a potential hack, explaining on Christmas Day that the app’s Android and iOS API could be hacked to expose user information, but it appears Snapchat executives didn’t heed the warning. According to the Chicago Tribune, Snapchat’s perpetrators say the hack is meant to expose just how vulnerable Snapchat user information really is.

Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users send each other photos that quickly disappear. The app has enjoyed significant popularity since its launch last year, but now its executives are being forced to navigate a hack that other social media giants are all too familiar with.