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Snapchat hack: what's next?

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Hackers stole information from millions of Snapchat users.

More than 4.6 million Snapchat users had their phone numbers released in a massive hack within the last week. The information was sent to a now-defunct website registered in Panama on Tuesday, called

The hackers issued a statement, saying they released the private information in an effort to put pressure on the company to beef up security.

"Our main goal is to raise public awareness on how reckless many Internet companies are with user information. It is a secondary goal for them, and that should not be the case," SnapchatDB stated. "You wouldn't want to eat at a restaurant that spends millions on decoration, but barely anything on cleanliness."

Snapchat lets users share photos or videos that disappear after a few seconds.

Snapchat has not yet released a statement on this leak. In fact, there hasn't been a post on the Snapchat Facebook page since August.

On the Snapchat app, there are tips to help users avoid getting their information leaked.

Upon registration, the app asks for an email address, password and birthdate. Once in the system, users can also input a phone number to find friends.

Back in November, Snapchat's CEO said users receive more than 400 million Snapchats every day through the service.

Snapchat's privacy policy states all photos and videos sent are stored on its server and then later deleted, but only after all of the recipients open the picture.

To see if your account information was compromised, check this website.

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