Snapchat 50000 Users get Hit by Phishing Attack
Phishing cookies and websites are something we are living with and dread when hit by them. Over 50,000 Snapchat users got hit by phishing attacks recently as reported promptly on techjuice.pk.
Phishing or ‘faking’ landing pages for websites using cookies that redirect a user via portal jumping is an age-old internet thing. It is a disease on the internet and as many tools, as you may deploy it is still not certain if you can be rid of it or avoid it as such.
The anger of 50,000 Snapchat users being hit by the said phishing attack recently made SNAP Inc. spokesperson comment: “We are very sorry when anyone is tricked by phishing. While we can’t prevent people from sharing their Snapchat credentials with third parties, we do have advanced defenses to detect and prevent suspicious activity. We encourage Snapchatters to always use strong passwords, enable login Verification, and never use third-party apps or plugins.”
The attack came well at a time when Snapchat had finally introduced newer features. As is expected in the viral world, these events of phishing and password-jacking appear when undermining a company’s growth efforts or when the new features are introduced while the bugs are being fixed.
Snapchat has taken security measures on their data servers by changing passwords and prompting the users. The plague that phishing is, it cannot be stopped. It comes with the territory. Analogous to having a hot dog with germs in it.
One tip is to log on from your personal computer to the homepage of the original website and verify it with your mobile WIFI or GSM, WCDMA device as these devices store the credentials of the phishing attack in their cache and credentials accepting them as an original.
Stay secure and let Snapchat do their work in securing your accounts. Although, once phishing attack has taken place it cannot be worked around so instead the companies change the passwords of the users while tracing the route to the parent website that generated the attacks and blocking all similar sources on their servers.