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Last Tuesday an anonymous group or person leaked about 4. We recently added additional counter-measures and continue to make improvements to combat spam and abuse. First, I wanted to see what users have been effected. To see if you are part of the leaked data, you can search for your name here. To do so, we can take a look at the area codes of the phone s.
As mentioned in various reports, the leaks only effect North American users. After loading up the data in R, I split the telephone s and counted the area codes. There are 76 in total, 2 from Canada and the rest from the US attached. Next I fired up SAP Lumira to take advantage of the great mapping features it has you can get your free copy here. Here are the top 10 regional locations affected by the leaks attached :.
As this dataset is incomplete, we can only really draw conclusions about what users have been affected by this leak. Next I looked at the usernames, specifically the of characters in usernames. What we get is a nice, nearly normal distribution with a bit of right skew. Looking at the data, I would guess that Snapchat requires a username of between 3 and 15 characters. However, there are exactly 5 notable outliers excluded in the histogram below , users for whom their address has been published instead of their username unless these 5 could choose to have their username be their ?
I wonder how these 5 got to be included in this data set. You can find me on Twitter leeclemmer. I also occasionally post stuff at leeclemmer. Thanks for sharing, Lee. Excellent write-up and very helpful info. I checked to see if her info was leaked. Looks like we're safe. Update: you can read Snapchat's response to the data leak here.
Thank you, Lee. Very interesting read and analysis. Even though I didn't even know what Snapchat was before the leak there is no bad PR, eh? Thanks Jelena! Major fail on Lumira - aparently 1. Oh well Not sure though why it doesn't check the requirements before installation, like most applications. Perhaps something to look into. You know we better also worry about those pesky yellow and white s.
How dare someone publish all our phone s and distribute those phone s along with our address to every physical address for free and encourage us to use those directories. Hi Stephen, I appreciate your snarky comment, which I suppose is making the point that it's no problem that this information was leaked, since hey, we're publishing personal information in phone directories already anyway. While I think you bring up a good point, you're also missing some critical nuances here. First, I can always choose to have my information removed from a phone directory; in other words, I'm in control.
Second, phone directories don't list the s of minors. And finally, this kind of data leak potentially exposes the identity behind an anonymous username against that person's wishes. I understand the cynicism behind scoffing at a user's expectation of privacy in using web services; I think the NSA revelations certainly warrant such cynicism.
But don't we expect certain online information to remain private, like your banking information? Now Snapchat data of course isn't on par with banking data, I understand that, but at the end of the day, the information leaked here was information which was shared by users under the assumption it would be kept private. Exposing this information or letting it be exposed could have harmful consequences to some users, even though we may not know what those are.
It wasn't until the last ten to fifteen years before you had any real rights to ensure your phone was distributed without your permission. The problem is that we suffer from the entitlement attitude that services we do not pay for, should do everything we expect them to. It doesn't mean that a breach can't occur, but there are severe consequences on both ends if such breach occurs.
Finally by performing an analysis on data that was illegally retrieved and posting the here, you are part of the problem. It's hard to preach to us about privacy concerns when you are using stolen data in the first place. Stephen, normally I agree with everything you say, but in this case I believe the privacy regulations would also apply to the web sites that provide free services. To think that if something is free to use then it's OK for it to be defective or ignore legal requirements is not right either.
Personally I'm not for more regulations, but wish this was simplified, like it was done with credit card information in the US recently. In this way at least the users could make an easier and educated decision on whether to use certain service and what to expect. Yes, there is already scary amount of information available about almost anyone online.
But do we need to be non-chalant if more of such information is leaked like happened in this case? Hey Stephen, thanks for responding again. As I conceded originally, bank data is different from Snapchat data, but not, I would argue, because we have to pay for it. Should that be the line then, that if we paid for a service we should expect our data to be kept private, otherwise everything is fair game? I just read through the post again, and I actually can't see where I am preaching - in any event, if that is how I came across, I apologize as I am really not trying to preach to anyone about anything.
The question of privacy is one I myself have come to consider differently. Initially I thought, ok, so what, what can you really do with this information. After looking a little bit more into it, however, I realized that you could potentially do quite a bit if you were so inclined.
I think privacy is complicated issue. Finally, in regards to your Ad Hominem: I disagree with you that it is unethical to take a look at and write about publicly available data attained illegally. If I were mirroring the data and making it available that would be one thing, but writing about this topic to have a discussion about the topic of privacy as we are having here is not a bad thing.
Lee Clemmer. Posted on January 3, 3 minute read. A closer look at the leaked Snapchat data. Follow RSS feed Like. A new year, a new data leak. Here are the top 10 area codes: Area Code Frequency State , Illinois , California , California , California , California , Illinois , Colorado , California , New York , New York Next I fired up SAP Lumira to take advantage of the great mapping features it has you can get your free copy here.
What other things might we be able to glean from this data? Alert Moderator. Ased tags. Similar Blog Posts. Related Questions. You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post. Former Member. Like 0. Lee Clemmer Post author. You mean you're not on Snapchat? Jelena Perfiljeva. And I'm soooo getting Lumira just for myself now, thanks for the link! Hm that's weird Stephen Johannes. Take care, Stephen. Stephen Johannes wrote: The problem is that we suffer from the entitlement attitude that services we do not pay for, should do everything we expect them to.
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