On Tuesday, the last day of 2013, hackers leaked the names and phone numbers of approximately 4.6 million Snapchat users. Whilst the website hosting the stolen information has since been suspended, social media users are quite rightly concerned about their personal privacy.
Whenever a large data leak or hack such as this occurs, it can be difficult for average internet users to find out whether or not they are at risk until it is too late. Luckily, two well-intentioned developers have created a tool to help Snapchat users find out whether their data was compromised or not. Robbie Trencheny and Will Smidlein are responsible for the creation of GS Lookup – Snapchat, which they launched on Wednesday.
Speaking to tech site Mashable, Smidlein confirmed that the aim behind the tool is to “help the public quickly understand if they were affected so that they could take the appropriate actions.” The simple user interface on GS Lookup makes it easy for Snapchat users to check their information against the list of hacked data.