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Snapchat’s new security system thwarted in 30 minutes

In the wake of various security concerns, Snapchat created their own type of CAPTCHA. Rather than ask for a phrase to be used, theirs asks that we find their ghost mascot. It’s fun, and sounds like a pretty decent security feature. One Developer has cracked Snapchat’s new security puzzle, and did so in the time it takes to watch a SitCom.

Snapchat responds to users’ complains about ‘Snap Spam’

Snapchat, who has seen their share of bad press lately, is experiencing more service issues. It seems the new issue relates to spam messages, enough to warrant a blog post from Snapchat. Though they don’t think the spam problem coincides with recent issues, they did issue a slight apology upfront, which is a departure from their stance previously.

Snapchat issues a response to recent security concerns

Snapchat has released a statement regarding the recent findings that their service can be used to attach phone numbers to names, leading to identification of users. While Snapchat had been aware of the issue since August, the group who found the exploit wasn’t pleased with their lack of focus on the security issue. On December 31st, 2013, they released redacted numbers attached to usernames to the web, as well as their methodology for acquiring them, forcing the hand of Snapchat.

Snapchat code exploit published after being ignored

Snapchat, which prides itself for its privacy and security features, might have just become completely insecure. Researchers have now published undocumented API and code to two exploits that not only opens up the service to spam but also gives malicious individuals access to users' profiles and phone numbers.

Instagram sends out event invitations for December 12

Instagram sent out invitations to members of the press recently, inviting them to “share a moment” with the team. The invitations, which came with a block of wood covered in an Instagram photo, note that the event is at 10am on Decemer 12th in Manhattan. The block of wood also has a slit in the back, which seems to be for hanging on a wall.

Snapchat has a new COO in Instagram’s Emily White

Snapchat has snapped up a member of Instagram management, naming her COO. Emily White, former Director of Business Operations at Instagram, will be the new COO of Snapchat. In a discussion with All things D, White said “It happened really quickly, but to have an actual COO role in one of many companies that is disrupting the communications arena is one I could not pass up.”
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