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One day we're doing the countdown for the ball to drop on New Year's Eve, next thing we find out our favorite app with a countdown has dropped the ball!
The hacker group Gibson Security discovered a security problem with Snapchat where user names and phone numbers could be matched together.
On Christmas Eve, they told Snapchat about the issue, and let all the internet know how to do the matching!
Now, a website by the name of SnapChatDB.info (unaffiliated with Gibson Security) has allowed to you download a whole spreadsheet filled with millions of user names and their corresponding phone numbers!
In an email, SnapChatDB.info's creators have let the world know their intentions:
"Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed. It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does."
We'll see how this story develops and whether or not everyone's dick pics are kept out of the light of day!