Snap Inc. is the parent company of Bitmoji, Spectacles, and of course, Snapchat. It was founded in 2011, has approximately 5,600 employees, and almost 300 million people use Snapchat daily.
The breach was not actually to Snap itself; the company used a third-party security firm called Elevate. After the breach, Snap Inc. claimed to cut ties with the company due to a lack of safety measures and precautions, which also meant cutting off the company’s lawyers.
Either company did not release the breach method. All Snap said was that an unauthorized party accessed Elevate’s internal system and accessed the personal information of employees.
This breach occurred in March 2022.
The only people impacted by the breach were Snap Inc. employees – it seems that users of the apps are safe. Snap did state that app users were unaffected by the breach and that the hackers accessed none of the consumers’ personal information.
Snap Inc. did not release the number of files accessed or the number of employees affected. It did send a former employee a notification letter that said their name, compensation information, address, and employment history were all involved in the breach. The breach may seem daunting, what with not knowing how many people were affected, but a few thousand people work for Snap.