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Snapchat's Security Vulnerabilities Fail to Disappear

Snapchat’s new headquarters in Venice, Calif.
Snapchat’s new headquarters in Venice, Calif.Photograph by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

If only Snapchat’s security problems would vanish as quickly as its self-destructing messages. Alas, fans of the ephemeral photo-sharing service found out this week that there’s no self-destruct button for their Snapchat data once it has leaked online.

An anonymous hacker on Tuesday published a database on containing millions of usernames and their corresponding phone numbers, and the leaked information quickly ricocheted across the Web. The situation comes as little surprise to anyone who has been following the company. For months, security experts at an Australian outfit called Gibson Security have been warning about Snapchat’s vulnerabilities. Here’s a nugget from a report published in August: