If you turned to Snapchat for the privacy its private, vanishing messaging provided you will be more than a little disappointed to hear the company has been hacked. It started when Gibson Security claimed Snapchat's API was vulnerable. Snapchat responded on its blog by saying there were "theorhetical" dangers, and that it had implemented safeguards to help address book information safe. But then a hacker group responded by posting 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers in a downloadable database-just in time to ring in the new year.
According to Gigaom, the last two digits of each phone number are obscured. Apparently, the hackers were just trying to make a point. However, they have hinted that they might be willing to supply the full data for the right party. Luckily, it seems that the embarrassing photos you sent to friends thinking they would disappear remain private.