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The Snappening: Hackers to leak thousands of nude Snapchat images

The Snappening: Hackers to leak thousands of nude Snapchat images

The Snappening: An notorious Hacker from 4chan community on Reddit threatens to leak thousands of Nude Snapchat Images of users.

The waves of Hollywood celebrities nude photos leaks have not yet stopped completely, and a new privacy threat has emerged exposing thousands of private pictures and videos of users.

At least 100,000 private photos of users are believed to have been accessed by notorious hackers using a third-party service app “Snapsave” that saves images – who are threatening to release them onto the web.  Hackers said that “they had been intercepting and storing private photos sent via a third-party Snapchat client for years and now they are planning for a massive online leak of private photos and videos of snapchat users.”

The images include nude photos and are likely to include photos of under-18s, As according to Snapchat’s user database more then 50% are aged between 13 and 17.  The mass hack, which is being dubbed “The Snappening“.

Posting on the 4Chan website, the hackers had reportedly been hinting about a leak for weeks, and announced it late on Thursday. A blurry screengrab of what is believed to have been the database, was released online as proof.

The hackers also claimed that the database of leaked photos will be searchable by Snapchat ID of the user who sent the photos. It was hosted on a phoney competition website viralpop.com, Reported by Business Insider, and the website has now been suspended, but thousands have reportedly downloaded the database.

It was believed that the SnapChat mobile application or its servers had been hacked by the hackers, but the third-party Snapchat client app has been storing the photo and video file sent through the app, giving hackers access to a 13GB library of private Snapchat files.

In a statement about the Snappening, Snapchat has denied that its service was ever compromised, instead pointing the finger at its consumers for using unofficial and unauthorized third party applications such as Snapsave.

Snapchatters were victimised 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.

Snapchat allows people to send photos that delete after a certain amount of time assigned by the sender on their phone. But some third party apps allow the person who receives the photos to save the photo for a repeated viewing. It has been reported here that the personal data is supposed to be obtained from a website called SnapSaved.com. Snapsaved.com has been inactive from the past few months and is apparently independent of the official Snapchat service. While other news outlets have suggested it may have been the SnapSave app.

However, Business Insider has also pointed to SnapSaved.com, a site which is no longer functional, and the SnapSave app as potential sources of the leak. Meanwhile, an assortment of photos has been traced back to SnapchatLeaked.com. Site also posted personal and nude photos of Snapchat users, indicating that the photos could have been circulating for months.

What is The Snappening?

The Snappening” is named in reference to the recent hollywood celebrity nude photos leak which was called “The Fappening.” This lot of leaked photos follows last month’s iCloud hacking scandal where hundreds of naked images of celebs were posted on 4chan.

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