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Snapchat suffers security breach

The Snapchat logo at the company’s headquarters. About 20 million adults are said to use the service.
The Snapchat logo at the company’s headquarters. About 20 million adults are said to use the service.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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Snapchat, the disappearing-message service popular with young people, has been quiet following a security breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of millions of its users.

Company spokeswoman Mary Ritti said Thursday morning that the company is assessing the situation, but did not have further comment.

As Americans rang in the New Year, hackers reportedly published 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers on a website called snapchatdb.info, which has since been suspended. The breach came less than a week after security experts alerted Snapchat of a vulnerability in its system and warned that an attack could take place.

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