App known as Slingshot could bring simple interface in ephemeral messaging
A report from the Financial Times indicates that Facebook is working on another app to complete with the ephemeral messaging service Snapchat. Information from sources close to the company say that the app, internally known as Slingshot, has been under development for several months at the evolving social media organization.
Ephemeral chat service SnapChat has settled a grievance with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The complaint to the FCC against the service alleged that messages sent through SnapChat would irrevocably vanish, and not be able to be captured by other means were misleading. To settle the complaint, SnapChat has agreed to launch an enhanced privacy program, and be subject to compliance monitoring for 20 years.
Use of security tokens allows Snapchat denial of service attack
Snapchat, the picture based messaging platform, appears to have more problems on its hands after its recent account breach. It has been discovered that the program can be used in denial-of-service attacks against iOS and Android based phones to disable or crash the devices through sending thousands of messages to the device in a matter of seconds.
Snapchat Captcha defeated by 100 lines of code created in 30 minutes
A coder has claimed to have bypassed Snapchat's verification system, within a day of its launch. The verification system, which attempts to prevent spammers from quickly creating accounts via a Captcha-style method, was circumvented by less than 100 lines of code and approximately 30 minutes of work, strongly suggesting that the system is not fit for purpose.
Snapchat users can opt out of supplying phone number to app
Snapchat has apologized for a server intrusion that led to the leaking of usernames and phone numbers of approximately of 4.6 million users. At the same time, the service has updated its Android and iOS apps to allow users to opt out of linking their phone number from their user name, as well as requiring new users to verify their phone number before using the Find Friends function of the app.
Hackers acquire millions of Snapchat IDs
A flaw in ephemeral messaging service Snapchat's API has been exploited, and the phone numbers and usernames of some 4.6 million users are now on a site called SnapchatDB.info. The Washington Post reported on Wednesday on the hack, noting that Snapchat users can look up whether their accounts are among the affected by going to this site. The API vulnerability was publicized last week, and Snapchat later stated that it had made the hack "more difficult to do" in response.
Ephemeral message service sender's privacy potentially in danger
An unpatched code flaw in Snapchat's API is allowing rogue coders to generate a script to associate actual phone numbers with Snapchat user names, display names, and account privacy settings. This information, combined with other data breaches can be sold, as well as pose a significant amount of data on a Snapchat user that has been identified in such a matter.
Facebook offered three Instagrams for Snapchat
Popular image sharing app Snapchat reportedly turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Sources familiar with the matter claim that the world's largest social network offered three times the price it paid when acquiring Instagram for Snapchat, which allows users to send picture messages that expire soon after they are viewed. Those same sources say that the $3 billion offer was not Facebook's first attempt to court the image sharing service.
Poke allows users to send expiring messages
Facebook today continued to expand the options available to users on its messaging platform, debuting Poke, a new iOS app that sends a message that automatically expires. The app allows users to set a duration time for a message, as well as to communicate with one or several friends at once. Users press and hold messages until they expire, and a timer at the top displays how much time is left on the message.