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Report: Snapchat Bug Allows Hackers to Crash iPhone

6:15 PM, Feb 10, 2014   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- There's a bug in the image messaging application Snapchat that could allow a hacker to crash your iPhone remotely.

The "user-verification tokens" flaw allows hackers to copy the authentication token of a single Snapchat message, and then flood the user's iPhone with thousands of messages containing the same 'token' causing the phone to freeze or crash and shut down.

The end result would require a "hard reset," rebooting the iPhone, costing the owner a minimum of 15 minutes without being able to use their phone. In certain situations, this cut-off from contact could be a critical problem to personal safety.

When the original report was published in the L.A. Times, several internet security firms began testing the app and reporting troubles back to Snapchat developers. 

According to a report today from Yahoo, these developers flaw reports have not been responded to or addressed by Snapchat.

As of the publishing date of the L.A. Times report, the writer says that Snapchat was unaware of the flooding crash flaw detailed above.

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