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[January 04, 2014]
Snapchat to update app [Daily Tribune (Bahrain)]
(Daily Tribune (Bahrain) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Snapchat has said it will be releasing an updated version of its hit app after hackers accessed the phone numbers and usernames of 4.6 million accounts. The numbers were partially masked when they were briefly published on SnapchatDB.info. In a blog post, Snapchat confirmed the New Year's Eve breach and said no other information was leaked or accessed. It did not specify when it would be issuing the updated version of the app, which allows people to send smartphone photos or video snippets timed to self-destruct 10 seconds or less after being opened. The fix will allow users to opt out of appearing in the "Find Friends" feature after they have verified their phone number. Snapchat, providing the email address security@snapchat. com, said it wanted to "make sure that security experts can get ahold of us when they discover new ways to abuse our service so that we can respond quickly to address those concerns." Created by students at Stanford University in 2011, Snapchat has become hugely popular with teens.
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