Hackers had released a giant database of Snapchat photos and videos which they had
collected over a considerable time. In the past the celebrities’ had been the targets of the
iCloud security breach. Bloggers and other anonymous 4chan users are claiming that more
than 200,000 Snapchat accounts have been comprised.
Snapchat should not be blamed for the ‘The Snappening’. They had released a clear
statement which affirms that at no point of time there ‘severs’ were compromised. Therefore
they are not the source of this giant photo leakage rather it is widespread use of third-party
apps which had let them down. The member of the 4chan had given this name ‘The
Real Culprits Happens to Unauthorised Third Party Apps and Web Clients
Snapchat messaging service has a feature of disappearing photos and videos wherein the
content is deleted once it has been viewed by the recipients. Most of the Snapchat users had
begin using the unsolicited third-party apps which allows to save the photos and videos from
the Snapchat messaging platform. Though Snapchat had strengthened its security measures
SnapSaved.com Behind Photo Leakage
Hackers had been able to compromise the security of a website which was widely used for
saving the snaps from the Snapchat. This website was called SnapSaved.com which was a
victim of an organised cyber attacks wherein the hackers were able to steal 13 GB worth of
Snapchat photos along with the username associated with it.
However SnapSaved is out of service for several months and its URL now redirects the user
to a Danish website which specialises in selling set-top box and television antennas.
Therefore the majority of the images unleashed online possess overlaid messages in Danish
Child Pornography Soon To Stumble Out Of Photo Leakage
4cchan users had even claimed that this photo leakage have huge abundance of photos which
shows the teenagers in compromising positions. This simply points towards the collection of
child pornography much to the discomfort of the Snapchat users. It is been reported that
almost 50% of the Snapchat users are teen agers between the age of 13-17 years. Snapchat
had always claimed that their photos and videos are deleted after few seconds and this had led
to the use of Snapchat as tool for sexting.
Earlier Instances of Security Breach In Snapchat
Snapchat is just a three old start-up of the Standford drop out students and it has been under
some kind of security issues since its inception. It have a really poor history in securing its
user’s data. In 2013 the security researchers had revealed that its ‘FindFriend’ feature is
extremely dangerous as it can easily reveal the Snap username and the phone number
associated with it. This faulty feature had happened to release about 4.6 million of such
details online. Snapchat had to apologize to its users for this grave lapse but this time round
Snapchat is not at fault, and are trying their best to make the app flawless.