Millions of Snapchat accounts hacked; account info and phone numbers released

First Target now Snapchat.

Hackers posted account information and partial phone numbers of 4.6 million users of the popular photo sharing app Wednesday, sending many into a panic.

The private information was posted to the website By late Wednesday morning, that site was suspended.

But don't be too alarmed. The hackers say they pulled the data to urge Snapchat's creators to tighten their security measures. Full phone numbers of the hacked accounts were not revealed and digits were blurred.

According to CNN, the anonymous hackers used an exploit created by recent changes to the app, which lets users share photos or short videos that disappear after a few seconds.

"Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed. It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does," the hackers said in a statement to technology blog TechCrunch.

A security company set up a website Wednesday that lets users find out whether their accounts were compromised in the data breach.

To see if your account was compromised, click here.

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