A new Snapchat hack is sending bewildered users pictures of smoothies emblazoned with the URL for a spammy weight loss company called Snapfroot. The hack seems to have affected a significant number of users, judging by the number of people complaining about it online, but Snapchat told Wired that there's no evidence of a brute force attack. "It’s mostly cases where someone has your email address and password and gets in on the first try," a spokesperson told editor Joe Brown, an early victim.
What is snapfroot and how did they get into my snapchat— Hanna Geldart (@hgeldss) February 12, 2014
This hack is a lot like an attack over the summer when hackers broke into Instagram users' accounts, posted pictures of smoothies, and linked to a similarly spammy website from their victims' profiles.
The hack is fairly innocuous — the Snapfroot URL currently redirects to an AllRecipes.com smoothie recipe — and it doesn't appear to be the company's fault. It's a reminder that Snapchat is now a major target for hackers, however. In January, hackers published 4.6 million user names and partial phone numbers.
Update: Snapchat has issued a statement. "Yesterday a small number of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were sent from their accounts. Our security team deployed additional measures to secure accounts. We recommend using unique and strong passwords to prevent abuse." The company declined to say how many users were affected by the hack.
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