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Snapchat apologises for spam message deluge

If you noticed an increase in spam on Shapchat over the weekend, you're not alone.

Snapchat has apologised for a recent jump in unwanted messages, but clarified that the problem is not related to last month's massive hack.

"We've heard some complaints over the weekend about an increase in Snap Spam on our service," the company wrote in a blog post. "We want to apologize for any unwanted Snaps and let you know our team is working on resolving the issue. As far as we know, this is unrelated to the Find Friends issue we experienced over the holidays."

Instead, Snapchat said the issue "is the consequence of a quickly growing service." The service in April experienced a jump in spam after someone created multiple accounts and sent snaps to those who had set their account to public.

To help prevent spam from entering your feed, Snapchat recommended adjusting your settings so that only your friends can send you snaps.

The rise in spam comes after Snapchat last week patched a vulnerability affecting its Find Friends feature, and issued a somewhat belated apology for the recent leak of data from millions of member accounts.

Last year, Gibson Security published a report about vulnerabilities within Find Friends. The firm said it tried but "failed" to contact Snapchat about these problems prior to the report's publication. Hackers not affiliated with Gibson later used the vulnerability to pull 4.6 million Snapchat usernames and phone numbers, which they posted on a website that has since been pulled offline. Snapchat responded several days later, but did not apologise at the time, and seemed to blame Gibson for the leak.