200,000 Hacked Snapchat Photos and Videos Posted Online

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Less than one week after Jennifer Lawrence broke her silence over stolen nude pics, a shocking new breach of privacy is making headlines.

Approximately 200,000 private photos from the popular photo-messaging app Snapchat have been reportedly stolen and leaked online over the weekend by hackers who have been collecting the files for years.

The photos, which users believed had been deleted, began popping up on the Internet message board 4chan—the same forum where the celebrity nude photos were first distributed. And it's very possible that some of the stolen images belong to underage victims since 50 percent of Snapchat's users are between the ages of 13 and 17.

Snapchat was quick to point out that its servers had not been hacked, and is instead pointing the finger at one of the many third-party applications that allowed people to save pictures.


That "third-party app" was actually the website Snapsaved.com, which claimed full responsibility in a posting on its Facebook page Saturday.
 
The site allowed users to save and access their snaps online, without the sender's knowledge and circumventing Snapchat's "instant deletion" feature. It’s no longer accessible, but there are many similar apps still available.

The hack comes less than six weeks after dozens of celebs, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, had private photos stolen and distributed online. The incident, which has been dubbed The Fappening, caused Apple, as well as the FBI to launch an investigation into the violation of several of iCloud accounts.
 
Users of the message board 4chan are referring to the most recent nude photo leak as The Snappening, highlighting the similarities between the two scandalous events.


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