Two major communications apps suffered security breaches over the holidays. Snapchat – a multi-media messaging system where ‘snaps’ are only visible for a few seconds before being deleted permanently – experienced a huge leak, with over 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers being posted online by hackers.
The database appears to have been taken down, and Australian-based Gibson Security has launched a service that will let a user know if their information has been compromised. Coincidentally, Gibson Security was also the firm that warned the world such a breach was possible, documenting potential security flaws in a Christmas Eve post.
But Snapchat isn’t alone – hackers attacked Skype’s blog and social media accounts, but no user information was compromised. The company apologized for the inconvenience.