Snapchat has admitted that its Find Friends feature is at the core of a damaging security breach that saw 4.6 million users’ phone numbers published on the internet.
In an official blog post, the team behind the app said that a weakness in its Find Friends system, which allows users to discover pals using the service by uploading their phone number, was first reported in August 2013.
Plans for an update to the app are currently in the works, complete with beefed-up security and the ability to opt out of the Find Friends feature.
That is, of course, likely to hamper new users’ ability to build a wider network on the messaging platform, but will at least mean a breach like this one is unlikely to happen again.
Snapchat was particularly keen to assure its customers that no images had been leaked. The fact that pictures can be shared before disappearing forever into the ether seconds later is a key reason why the app has proved so popular and any such breach would surely be fatal for its prospects.