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September 30, 2014

Snapchat breached to send weight loss spam

The photo sharing app denies any hack.

By CBR Staff Writer

Snapchat has reportedly witnessed another breach with this time the users’ contact list being accessed to send advertisements on weight loss.

The weight loss spam is the latest security breach takes control of user accounts and sends messages to contacts present in their contact list.

However, the images sent do not pose any threat to the device or user account but promote weight loss products, reported BBC.

Snapchat has denied that it is the victim of a hack and said that the user credentials might have been accessed from some other compromised site and then used in its accounts.

Snapchat said: "We have seen evidence that hackers who have access to a trove of credentials leaked from other websites, have started using them to gain access to Snapchat accounts. In many instances, our defences have notified the user that their account has been compromised. We recommend using a unique and complex password to access your Snapchat account," reported the BBC.

The web address used to send the spam messages has been tracked to Poland and is registered under former Polish president Stanislaw Wojciechowski.

In January, 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers were stolen from Snapchat database, and were released in a website named SnapchatDB.

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The hackers edited the last two digits of the phone number and claimed that the attack was aimed at exposing the vulnerabilities present in the app.

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