Snapchat’s New Verification System Lasts 30 Minutes

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (3 years, 8 months ago)

In somewhat embarrassing news, Snapchat’s new verification system lasted only a laughable half an hour against a security researcher looking for holes in the technology.

Only yesterday, social messaging app Snapchat introduced a CAPTCHA-like feature which allowed users to verify that they were human by spotting mascots in a series of pictures.  While this might have seemed like a great solution to the security issues which have affected Snapchat since last month, the measure hardly lasted the test of time.

Security researcher Steven Hickson was able to show how a computer could fool its way past Snapchat’s new system after less than an hour of work. According to Hickson, he spent around 30 minutes writing code which could allow a computer program to recognize images which would nullify the app’s security measure. “With very little effort, my code was able to ‘find the ghost’ in the above example with 100 percent accuracy.

This is certainly a knock for whoever is in charge of Snapchat’s security, particularly after a breach in December allowed private information for about 4.6 million users to be exposed to the entire internet.

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