New Snapchat Vulnerability Issue Allows Hackers To Crash Your iPhone

/ 6 years ago

Evan Spiegel

Snapchat is one of the most popular and fast-growing social media applications, fairly new too. Though, consequences are bound to surface, and this is the case yet again, with more security issues popping up.

Jamie Sanchez, security researcher at Securidad Ofensiva, has revealed another security issue, a vulnerability that opens up the application to a DoS attack. It can be done by overloading an inbox with messages, giving hackers the opportunity to freeze and crash the iPhone and forcing the user to restart the handset to regain functionality.

It is said that Android users will not face the handset crash issue mentioned above, but will notice that their handset will run slower than normal. Snapchat are reportedly aware of the issue and are discussing with Sanchez further details on the issue described.

“We are working to resolve the issue and will be reaching out to the security researcher who publicized the attack to learn more,” said Snapchat in a statement.

Sanchez apparently notified the Los Angeles Times before notifying Snapchat officials because he claims that Snapchat “has no respect for the cyber security research community”. This does not come as a surprise, since earlier reports show that Snapchat was approached by different security specialists claiming that a security hole opened up in the app to hackers who want to expose data, leading to 4.6 million users having their personal data published last year.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information

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