Snapchat's Smoothie Problem Sparks Hack Concerns
Snapchat is no stranger to getting hacked. The photo-sharing social app has seen the names and phone numbers of more than 4.6 million users posted online in the last year. But recently some Snapchat users have seen their accounts go rogue, sending out pictures of smoothies to their contacts.
My Snapchat was hacked if you received a picture of a smoothie.
- Reilly Mooring (@reillymooring) February 12, 2014
my snapchat got hacked and sent everyone in my contacts a quality picture of a smoothie and I can't stop laughing
- Bailey Petracek (@baileypetracek) February 12, 2014
The photos also encouraged Snapchat users to visit the website snapfroot.com. TechCrunch reported that the website originally offered to sell weight-loss supplements, but it now currently redirects to a berry smoothie recipe hosted on allrecipes.com.
"Yesterday a small number of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were sent from their accounts," a Snapchat spokeswoman told ABC News. "Our security team deployed additional measures to secure accounts. We recommend using unique and strong passwords to prevent abuse."
This isn't the first time a social media hack has involved smoothies. In July 2013, Instagram users reported that smoothie photos were being posted to their accounts without their permission.