Snapchat User Pics Leaked Online


Update: SnapSaved, the 3rd party site suspected of leaking the photos has finally admitted that they were the source. They took the site down immediately upon discovering their Apache server had been hacked due to a misconfiguration. They do however insist that only 500MB of photos were collected and that not enough data was present in order to create a database allowing images to be searched by username.

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Snapchat has reached yet another hurdle after images shared across its ephemeral photo sharing service have been leaked online in their thousands, allegedly revealing nude photos sent my unsuspecting users. Snapchat claim that this is “not the company’s fault” and that none of their servers have been breached in order to reveal these images. So if there is no breach, how could this have happened?

Following a leak of 4.6million usernames and mobile numbers back in January then spam messages being sent from user accounts without their knowledge more recently, Snapchat really doesn’t have the best track record in regards to user privacy and security. Although they claim no responsibility for the alleged database of 13GB of user photos, the fact that explicit images of underage users are almost guaranteed to be found amongst these holds serious concerns.

A posted on 4Chan last night containing a download link for the images has since been removed however hackers are threatening to upload even more. The reaction to those who viewed the images has since been nothing but negative, claiming the images are fake and are just images that have been collected from different sites across the internet. But if these images ARE real, where have they came from?

An individual that claims to be involved with the photo leaks has announced that the photos came from SnapSaved.com – a 3rd party website which allowed users to view and save their snaps online. This website is no longer functioning, raising a debate of whether this site was created with malicious intent or if its servers were merely hacked. Regardless, these images are rumoured to have been collected over multiple years, meaning those photos you thought you left behind long ago could actually make a haunting return from their ephemeral grave.

Snapchat have confirmed that the images could only have been collected from a 3rd party app, however appear to show no sympathy in their statement which boasts that their Terms Of Use policy prohibits the use of 3rd party applications due to it causing a compromise within their security. They also noted in their statement that app stores are constantly monitored in order to remove illegal 3rd party apps, however these efforts have evidently not been enough to protect users from being victimised.

Threats are being made to upload the database with a search option allowing images to be discovered by username, however whether this will happen or whether the images are even genuine is a completely different matter. Until then, updates will be posted as they are announced.

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