SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - More and more hackers are successfully cracking into social media websites. One of the most popular sites, Snapchat is its latest victim, affecting 4.6 million accounts.
Snapchat said it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users.
The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday that the updated version of its app would allow users to opt out of its "Find Friends" feature, which was apparently at the heart of the breach, and would stem future attempts to abuse its service.
The breach occurred after security experts warned the company at least twice about a vulnerability in its system.
Before announcing its plans to update the app, Snapchat had been quiet. Its seemingly detached response caused some security specialists to wonder whether the young company can handle the spotlight that it's been thrust into over the last year as its service has become enormously popular.