In the wake of the Great New Year’s Eve Snapchat Leak of 2013, a good samaritan programmer named Vik Paruchuri has written a program that can tell you whether your information was compromised. You can check by entering your username or phone number into snapcheck.org.
Unless, Vik Paruchuri is the evil mastermind behind the leak, looking to steal even more snapchat phone numbers.
Just kidding, close to 100 percent sure that’s not the case.
To review: In the final days of 2013, Snapchat published a blog post, in which the company acknowledged the concerns of security experts, who believed the app’s new “Finding Friends” feature was vulnerable to attack. The feature allows users to upload their address book contacts to Snapchat, so Snapchat can inform them as to which of their contacts are also users of the disappearing photo app. The blog-post wrote:
“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 database of the results and match usernames to phone numbers that way.”
Late Tuesday night, theory became reality. A database matching 4.6 million Snapchat usernames to user’s phone numbers, was published online. All but the final two digits of the phone numbers were published, the site stipulating that the full numbers could be recovered upon request (or possibly payment). By Wednesday morning, the site featuring the database was taken down.