Snapchat, the picture based messaging platform that makes your messages disappear after you send them, might have more problems to deal with after its recent account breach. Now it has been discovered that the program could be used in denial-of-service attacks against iOS and Android phones to disable or crash the devices by sending thousands of messages to the device in just seconds. Snap Chat just continues to have problems.
Don’t believe it? Here is proof. In a demonstration with the LA Times, Jaime Sanchez, a consultant for Telefonica, showed the attack that takes advantage of the security token authorization Snapchat uses by recycling the non-expiring tokens to send new messages. Sanchez sent an impressive 1,000 messages in five seconds in the video. In the video you can see that the attack froze the iPhone application and reset the phone. The phone looks like it continues hanging up after restarting until the attack ends.
Much like the last time Snap Chat had a problem, they seem to be ignoring it. They have not fixed the issue or reached out to Sanchez, but instead have blocked his accounts and IP. It seems that they just never learn. Hopefully they will look into it and an attack never happens.
Source ElectronistaFiled Under: Technology News