An online popular forum called 4chan has said that the hackers had made up off with 200,000
photos and videos of the Snapchat users, most of which are supposedly nude. This photo
leakage is soon to be uploaded. Hackers were reportedly able to collect the photos and videos
sent and shared by the Snapchat users through the third party mobile applications which
allow the saving of Snapchat transmissions.
The Snapchat messaging services offers a unique feature which leads to self-destruction of
the photos and videos within a few seconds after viewing. Therefore some users resort to
using third-party apps and webs clients for saving those precious photos before they
Snapchat Comes Out Clean and Blames Third-Party Apps
Snapchat has offered publicized declaration on its Twitter feed wherein it confirms that it
messaging service has been compromised. Snapchat has blamed the users for using the third-
party apps for saving the photos sent and received on the Snapchat messaging platform.
Snapchat users are the victims of using the third party apps- a practice which is expressly
Another Tweet made it apparent that the Snapchat tech architecture was not hacked by the
hackers. In other words their servers were never breached and Snapchat could not be held
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Leaked Photos Soon To Debut On Searchable Database
The 4chan users are reported to have downloaded an astonishing 13 GB worth of Snapchat
photos and videos. Currently they are working on creating feasible database which would
allow the Snapchat users to search and download their stolen images.
The source of the photo leakage has been confirmed as a web client named SnapSaved.com
which offered the same photo saving solution to the Snapchat users in the past. But its
website was hacked by the hackers few days back they swept off 13 GB of photos and videos.
Currently this website has gone out of service after the report of leakage.
Child Pornography Could Stumble Out Of The Leakage
Snapchat is widely popular the younger generation of the users. Even more than 50 percent
of the Snapchat users are from the age group 13-17 years which means that most of the
photos going to be minors and it could also amount to child pornography if viewed.
Earlier Instances Security Breach in Snapchat
Though Snapchat is fairly a new start-up but does have its own share of security and privacy
related issues in the past. In the May 2013 Federal Trade Commission had charged the
Snapchat of deceiving the users about the amount of data it collects and how it protects it. Its
Find Friend feature caused a major upheaval among the users when it exposed the user’s
names and phone numbers of more than 4.6 million users. Both the cases were settled by the
Snapchat in the out of court settlement and Snapchat has been put under independent
privacy monitoring for 20 years as a part of the settlement. Now the company is coming out
of controversies with enhancements in the app and fresh business decisions.