You’re Not Imagining It, You Really Have Been Copping Spam Via Snapchat

No, your friends aren’t running some remarkably elaborate prank on you. Yes, you have been getting spam messages via the wildly popular dick pic-sharing app Snapchat.

A number of people have been finding over the past day or so that some curiously spammish-looking snaps have been arriving in their app feed – with a lot coming from users who have let their accounts fall inactive. It would appear that hackers have gained access to people’s Snapchat accounts, and are now using that information to send spam messages plugging weight loss pills and the like. Because lord knows there’s not a millionaire around who didn’t make their nut via grainy MS Paint ads pushing sugar pills on rubes.
For the record, the Spam Snaps look a little something like this.
Snapchat‘s official response has been to kind of dodge blame on any lapse (or total lack) of security, instead shifting blame to a previous incident back in late December in which the account information of some 4.6million users was leaked.
Snapchat’s official statement on this latest breach of secuirty confirms the passing of the buck.

We have seen evidence that hackers who have access to a trove of credentials leaked from other websites, have started using them to gain access to Snapchat accounts.

Affected users have been sent emails alerting them to the breach. The official advice from Snapchat is simply “change your password.” Something tells me it’s probably time Snapchat took their own advice.
All this being said, it’s still about as safe to send dick pics into the ether of the app today as it was yesterday. So, by all means, don’t let any of this stop you from doing whatever it is you need to do. You get yours, kids!
Photo: Lionel Bonaventure via Getty Images.