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23-year-old says cracking SnapChat`s new anti-hacker ploy `no brainer`

Last Updated: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 14:14

Wellington: A 23-year-old PHD student has reportedly said that it took him only half and hour to crack SnapChat`s latest security measures.

Steven Hickson , who is studying Computer Science at Georgia Tech, and has briefly worked at the NSA in Maryland, said that it was a `no brainer` to crack the photo-sharing service`s icon identifying puzzle.
According to, SnapChat had implement the latest security feature after it admitted that white-hat hackers had breached its user database that exposed millions of usernames and phone numbers exposed to criminals.

SnapChat`s latest security update, dubbed `Snap-tcha,` required the user to identify the company`s ghost icon in a series of nine drawings, something only humans and not bots supposedly could do.
However, it did not take Hickson much time to use Microsoft`s Kinect device to locate the ghost images.

The report added that apart from Hickson, a high school sophomore from Texas similarly bypassed the Snap-tcha puzzle.

First Published: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 14:14

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