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Hackers Access At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos And Prepare To Leak Them

Brittany Jones | PopWrapped Author

Brittany Jones

10/13/2014 3:22 pm
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Hackers are no longer targeting celebrities and their iCloud photos, but now Snapchat users might have had their photos leaked to the world. The latest hack, which has been dubbed "The Snappening", is estimated to contain 100,000 photos that were hacked by the users of 4chan.  The Daily Beast has reported a leak of approximately 90,000 photos and 9,000 videos stolen off the mobile app Snapchat, and most of the affected users are from Europe, about 32 percent of its users, according to the developers. Unlike “The Fappening”, the victims are divided pretty evenly between males and females. Just like “The Fappening”, though, many of the photos contain sexually explicit content. A s spokesperson for the app denies that their servers were breached:
“We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.” 

Two third-party SnapChat services have been mentioned in connection with the hack, an app called Snapsave and website, both of which allow users to store photos sent through Snapchat. On Thursday (Oct. 9), Kenny Withers, a social media strategist, claimed that the rogues breached the system by hacking into Snapsave and not the actual Snapchat servers, while Snapsave creator Georgie Casey has denied his app's involvement. 

“My app just saves Snaps to your Android phone, nothing is ever sent to my server,” Mr. Casey told The New York Times.

4chan users say that many of the photos and videos contain child pornography, including videos sent between teenagers who believed the files would be deleted immediately after viewing. News of the stolen Snapchat photos has spread over the past week, as an unidentified 4chan member claimed to have obtained the photos, saying links to access them would be released late Thursday evening.

This is not the first time that Snapchat has come under fire for their security breaches. Back in January, 5 million Snapchat users' names and passwords were revealed by a third-party hacking service. 

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