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Thousands of Manitobans affected by Snapchat hack

Brandon, Westman users apparently unaffected

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This article was published 3/1/2014 (1269 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

A hack of the popular image-messaging app Snapchat has publicly revealed the private user names and partial phone numbers of more than 7,200 Manitobans.

The phone numbers were hacked, but the hacker released them with the final two digits XX'd out, to minimize spam and abuse.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel’s fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received.

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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel’s fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received.

Most of the hacked phone numbers appear to originate from the Winnipeg area, with the first three digits of the number ranging from 941- to 998-, however with number portability through the province it's impossible to know for sure.

None of the telephone numbers appear to be from Brandon or from any Westman community.

Manitoba and Nunavut are the only two non-American jurisdictions to have affected users.

The hackers claim that they posted the information to raise awareness about a Snapchat security hole, which has since been patched. They posted 4.6 million user names and partial phone numbers online for anyone to download.

Another person has used that database to create a simple tool that let's people look up to see if their account was one of the ones hacked. It is available at, http://lookup.gibsonsec.org/lookup, and also offers links to delete Snapchat accounts.

Snapchat soared to popularity on the back of its vaunted privacy features, which include messages that delete themselves after a few seconds.

 

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