Snapchat and Skype Subjected To Hack Attacks
Posted: January 2, 2014 by Emily Brown
Popular tech services, Snapchat and Skype, are having a difficult start to the New Year as hackers struck them in two unrelated attacks.
At first, an anonymous hack group leaked online a database containing 4.6 million names and phone numbers of Snapchat users late Tuesday, and then, one day later, another group called Syrian Electronic Army compromised some social media accounts of Skype.
Regarding the former, Snapchat user info were posted on a website called SnapchatDB.info in what the malefactors reportedly referred to as an attempt to expose the vulnerability of users' data.
Snapchat warned against such potential hack scenario few days before the actual attack in a blog post, in which was revealed that a security group had alerted Snapchat about a potential danger as "one could compile a database of Snapchat usernames and phone numbers." Unfortunately, they failed to prevent it from happening.
Malware site SnapchatDB.info, has been taken down since Wednesday evening when another hack attack, this time aimed at Skype, took place.
Hackers known as Syrian Electronic Army hacked both the official blog and social network accounts for Microsoft's Web calling service Skype. Initially, they published a post on the official Skype blog under the headline, "Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!" Next, they posted the contact information of Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Corp's retiring CEO, on its Twitter account in a message that read: "You can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts/emails using this details. #SEA"
While similar messages appeared on Skype's Facebook pages, the SEA later went on to tweet out copies of the message "for those who missed it."
Our advice to you dear readers is that you need to protect your personal data as much as you can.