A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years. Shocked users of the notorious chat forum 4chan are referring to the hack as "The Snappening," noting that this is far bigger than the iCloud hacks that recently targeted celebrities. Underground photo-trading chat rooms have been filled in recent weeks with hints that something big was coming. Thursday night it finally arrived: A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB library of Snapchats that users thought had been deleted. Users of 4chan have downloaded the files and are creating a searchable database that will allow people to search the stolen images by Snapchat username. The database of Snapchat files posted online was hosted on viralpop. That site has now been suspended and taken offline, although thousands of people have already downloaded the collection of Snapchats. This is what the collection of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos looked like:. The popular Android app allowed users to keep Snapchat photos and videos, which automatically delete when viewed through the official Snapchat app. This means that the hacked Snapchat client was probably a website, rather than an app.
Around , private photos sent using the photo messaging app Snapchat were reportedly stolen and leaked on Thursday. People on the Internet message board 4chan , which was blamed in part for the recent hack of celebrity nudes as well, began passing around the Snapchat photos on Thursday night, according to Business Insider.
Users of Snapchat may have had their photographs leaked online through the apparent compromise of Snapsaved, an unrelated, third-party service that stores Snapchat photos that would otherwise have been deleted after several seconds. The incident highlights the risks users face when providing credentials to a third-party service or application that extends or modifies an original service, says Satnam Narang, senior security response manager at Symantec. As many as , leaked photographs are apparently being shared on online message boards, according to a report in the New York Times. A user of the 4chan message board claimed to have hacked the Snapsaved service to gain access to the photos, the report says. Snapchat says that its servers were never breached and were not the source of the leaks. In a statement posted to Snapsaved's Facebook account on Oct. We never wished for this to happen. We did not wish to cause Snapchat or their users any harm. We only wished to provide a unique service. In this particular incident, users signed up for the Snapsaved service because they wanted to circumvent the way Snapchat works, Symantec's Narang says.
Videos and pictures of as many as , teenagers posted via the Snapchat service and stored on a third-party website have been put online, apparently by the same people who were behind the posting of nude celebrity photos in August. That offered to let them use the service on a website on a desktop computer, rather than just on a mobile phone. It is suspected, but not so far proven, that those behind the scam are linked to those responsible for the collection and posting in August of personal and often nude photos taken by hundreds of celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian. The celebrity photo leak began with discussions on one of the 4chan discussion forums, and the latest photos have also come via 4chan leaks. After warnings appeared on the bulletin board 4chan on Friday that the photos would be leaked, a site went live on Sunday offering 13 gigabytes of content which was said to have been captured from users. Observers said that anyone downloading the files could be breaking child pornography laws if any of the pictures includes unclothed pictures of children under 16 even if the child took them. While Snapchat was apparently secure in this case, it was the subject of a hack last year in which 4. Topics Technology. Reuse this content. Most popular.
Around , private photos sent using the photo messaging app Snapchat were reportedly stolen and leaked on Thursday. People on the Internet message board 4chan , which was blamed in part for the recent hack of celebrity nudes as well, began passing around the Snapchat photos on Thursday night, according to Business Insider. It's likely that many of the photos compromised belonged to underaged users, since 50 percent of Snapchat's users are between the ages of 13 and If the photos are deemed pornographic -- Snapchat users have a history of sending racy photos -- possession and distribution of them could lead to prison time.
Snapchat itself was not compromised in the hack, a spokeswoman for the company told The Huffington Post. Instead, hackers obtained the photos through one of many third-party Snapchat apps, which are often used to covertly save Snapchats without letting the sender know. There are whispers that a third-party app called Snapsave was the app that was hacked , but that is only a rumor for now.
In an emailed statement a Snapchat spokeswoman explained that the company explicitly tells users to avoid such third-party apps for just this reason. Snapchat notifies a sender if the recipient screenshots a photo.
But if the recipient of a photos uses a third-party app, he or she can save the photo without the sender's knowledge. As such, Snapchat actively looks for and reports third-party apps that bypass Snapchat's automatic photo destruction, the spokeswoman said. US Edition U. News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes. Newsletters Coupons.