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The Snappening: A Hoax? 13GB SnapChat Leak Contains fake Pics

The Snappening: A Hoax? 13GB SnapChat Leak Contains Pics of Clothed Users

The recent news that some unknown hacker stole as many as 200,000 images from the Snapchat thrilled the Internet users on Friday. No such images found in the 13GB Snapchat leaked database.

Three entire days later, it’s difficult to find images from the so-called the Snappening on the Web. There should be thousands of them, per 4chan users. But every given link actually leads to poorly cloaked malware, spam or deleted files. And the searchable site for pics that contains leaked database is still not online.

An user who actually viewed the leaked content states that no such content is found and the photos only show people performing routine activities and are fully clothed.

While reporting about Snapchat’s massive database hack and the content which got leaked via Snapsaved.com, He also declined the news that content was 13GB large. According to Snapsaved.com, the total size of leaked database was not more than 500MB.

Snapsaved.com admin also said that they always curate their database therefore the personal information of users and their pictures are not available. This makes problem for exploiters to make money out of the leaked database as it is non-searchable through username.

However, the admin confirmed that the leaked content were from its database and the unfortunate leak happened due to an illegal intrusion because of a misconfigured Apache server.

Security researcher Andrew Conway from Cloudmark has confirmed that the information is shared by Snapsaved admin.

Conway said that ” The mostly conetnet of them do not contain any unclothed images. Many are just a text message on a black background, or photos of people pulling faces or showing their day to day activities.”

There are of course some unclothed pictures but those also are not very private and in most cases the face is not visible. Moreover, making this incident to the level of “snappening” is of no use since the images that do depict undressed people with visible face are actually Playboy magazine content showing professional models.

Conway said: “I have seen a lot of fake links that claims to be to the stolen pictures from Snapchat, but which in fact are attempts to monetize via installing adware. It should not be surprising to see the messages appearing all over social media claiming access to complete leaked database of the images and videos.

However, users must beware of the links as they redirect towards fake Snapchat content that actually contains malwares. The Snappening incident has taken the Internet world by storm.

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