Snapchat Won't Apologize For Hack That Saw Usernames And Numbers Leaked
It's been a bad fortnight for Snapchat. On Christmas Eve, we all found out that Snapchat was, theoretically, pretty vulnerable to hackers. And then, on New Year's Eve, 4.6 million users' phone numbers and names were posted on the interweb, because Snapchat was definitely pretty vulnerable to hackers. And the response from founder and CEO Evan Spiegel? Well, basically, "sorry I'm not sorry."
Interviewee Carson Daly described Spiegel as "outraged," but we think he was actually just sort of frustrated-looking. Maybe because he didn't like the words he was saying. Maybe they tasted funny.
"Technology businesses in general are susceptible to hacking," Spiegel said in the interview. "That's why you have to work really, really, really hard with law enforcement, with security experts, internal and external groups, to make sure you're paying attention and addressing security concerns."
Well, someone wasn't working that hard. It's since emerged that Snapchat had apparently known a hack was possible since August, and had denied there was an issue.
"You know, I believe at the time we thought we had done enough," Spiegel said. "But I think in a business like this, in a business that's moving so quickly, if you spend your time looking backwards you are just going to kill yourself."
Well, at least Spiegel isn't straying from his party line.
There's still hope: Spiegel recently admitted, years after the fact, that he'd pulled a Zuck and stolen the idea for Snapchat from his college buddy. So maybe he'll come around to a "my bad" later.