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Snapchat hack exposed passwords of over 55000 users online – here’s how to stay safe

CyberWisdom Safe Harbor Commentary on Snapchat:

A recent story from thesun.co.uk says a surprising breach that more than 55,000 Snapchat users are logged in online with a clever phishing scam.

A wide range of attacks trick users to surrender their credentials and eventually enter public websites.

Deceptive Snapchat scams put tens of thousands of users at risk

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Snapchat has apologized for the leak and warned users to be cautious about using the company’s apps.

The Verge technology site leaked details of the leak, claiming to have seen a confidential Snapchat e-mail discussing the violation.

It is believed that a government official in Dorset, England, sent a warning to Snapchat about the attack.

Then at the end of July last year, Snapchat’s chief engineering officer reportedly sent an email to the team about privacy threats.

Snapchat will now warn you when you try to share klkviral.org, a scam site involved in this violation
It has a list of 55,851 Snapchat accounts – with usernames and passwords – that have been posted to phishing sites.

Phishing is a term used to describe a cyber attack that involves tricking a user into giving up private information.

In this case, the user is clicked on the link and sent to the fake Snapchat login screen.

If users enter their details on the fake screen, their username and password are sent directly to the hacker.

A spokesman for Snapchat said in a statement: “We are very sorry when anyone is deceived by phishing.

Snapchat introduced a redesign, large-scale changes to friends, found and sliding capabilities
“While we can not stop people from sharing their Snapchat credentials with third parties, we do have high-level defenses to detect and prevent suspicious activity.

“We encourage Snapchaters to always use strong passwords, enable login verification, and never use third-party applications or plug-ins.

Snapchat has more than 187 million active users worldwide, so the number of violations is quite small.

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News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. A major Snapchat cyber-attack saw the details of tens of thousands of users exposed on a public website. We reveal what you need to do to stay safe MORE than 55,000 Snapchat users had their login details exposed online thanks to a clever phishing scam. The widespread attack tricked users into handing over their credentials, which eventually made their way onto a public website. Snapchat has apologised for the leak, and warns users to be more careful when using the company’s app. Details of the leak were exposed by tech site The Verge, which claims to have seen secret Snapchat e-mails discussing the breach. Engaging post, Read More…

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