Looking back at the Syrian Electronic Army hack of Skype in 2014 – Microsoft’s video calling service Skype was hacked by a group identifying themselves as the Syrian Electronic Army, and they used their hacking opportunity to claim that Skype, along with Microsoft’s other apps such as Outlook, were spying on its users and giving information to the government. An article was posted on Skype’s official blog with the title “Hacked by Syrian Electronic Army.. Stop Spying!” Skype’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts were also breached.
Late Tuesday night, the wildly-popular social network Snapchat was hacked, and several million usernames and phone numbers were leaked online. According to Snapchat, an estimated 4.6 million usernames were stolen and posted as a downloadable file on an open website for anyone to look through. As of this time, the hackers are still anonymous, and it comes as horrible news to anyone who had their information posted online without their consent.
Snapchat had alerted its users of the situation a few days prior in a blog post, in which it announced a new feature allowing Snapchat users to upload their phone’s contacts into the app in order to find friends easier. Snapchat explained the potential problem to their users:
Theoretically, if someone were able to upload a huge set of phone numbers, like every number in an area code, or every possible number in the U.S., they could create a…
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