To cut down on a recent spate of Snapchat spam, the makers of the app figured they had devised a clever way to prove that new users were human. A new security screen was introduced that asks users to locate the Snapchat ghost mascot in a series of images, a unique spin on the standard captcha but one that has already proven easy to crack.
Coder Steven Hickson has in less than a day (less than an hour, in fact) built up a bit of software that uses a reference image of the Snapchat ghost to automatically seek out the a match in the security images without human aid. Sorry, Snapchat, busted again.
Snapchat’s brain trust says greater security is a priority. Their human verification process is merely a first step in creating a more secure experience. It’s far from an empty gesture, but Snapchat could stand to do a bit more.