Hackers post account info of 4.6 million Snapchat users - report

Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 12:53 AM ET
Tech Yeah! Snapchat's security breach
Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
CNBC's Julia Boorstin discusses the security breach at Snapchat with Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code.

Computer hackers posted online usernames and partial phone numbers of 4.6 million users of mobile photo-sharing service Snapchat, media reports said on Wednesday.

A website called SnapchatDB.info made the information available for download, according to tech news site TechCrunch.

As on Wednesday night, the site SnapchatDB.info has been suspended.

(Read more: Snapchat, Vine among top apps of 2013)

In a statement to TecCrunch, SnapchatDB said that it got the information through a recently identified and patched Snapchat exploit and that it was making the data available in an effort to convince the messaging app to beef up its security.

With Snapchat, users can send photos and videos that disappear shortly after they are viewed and have been lately gaining popularity especially among young users.

Entrance to Snapchat's headquarters in Venice, Calif.
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Entrance to Snapchat's headquarters in Venice, Calif.

Snapchat drew attention in November when reports emerged that it had turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook. The two-year old company has so far raised more than $123 million in funding.

(Read more: Is this the greatest Snapchat user in the world?)

Snapchat could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside of regular U.S. business hours.

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