Snapchat launches update to prevent another security breach, apologizes for hacking incident

By Gina DiFalco,

Snapchat has issued an apology on Thursday for last week’s data breach incident, telling users they’re working hard to make improvements on security procedures.

As we previously reported, millions of phone numbers and usernames were comprised in the security breach, with hackers posting the private information on the now defunct snapchatdb.info website.

In a post on their blog, the company explained that they launched an update for Android and iOS, which allows Snapchat users to decline using their phone number with their username. To opt out, users should go to “Settings > Mobile #.”

The blog post also lets users know that this new update “requires new Snapchatters to verify their phone number before using the Find Friends service.”

“Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API,” they wrote. “We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support.”

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