Snapchat to update app after breach of user information
Snapchat says it will be releasing an updated version of its app after information about 4.6 million users was released online on New Year's Eve.
Canadian users in Manitoba and the territories had their usernames and passwords posted online after hackers wanted to expose flaws in the messaging app.
On Wednesday, a website called SnapchatDB released 4.6 million phone numbers and usernames, but redacted the last two numbers in each phone number "to minimize spam and abuse."
There are 7,242 numbers from area codes 867 and 204 -- users in Manitoba and all three territories -- on the list.
The release happened a week after Australian security research group GibsonSec said user information was vulnerable to hackers.
In a statement Thursday, Snapchat said hackers abused the "find friends" option of the app, of which users will now be able to opt out. The company said no photos were leaked.
Snapchat is an app that allows users to send a photo and message to another phone. The photo disappears after 10 seconds, but users can take a screengrab of the photo to keep it. The service is popular among teens and has been criticized as a way for them to send nude photos. It was allegedly used by 10 teen boys in Laval, Que., in 2013 to keep photos of female classmates. The boys have pleaded not guilty to a series of child porn-related charges.