Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fraud Alert | Hackers release 100,000 photo and video intercepted from Snapchat

More than 100,000 videos and images sent using Snapchat have been leaked by hackers who have been intercepting and collecting the images for years.

Earlier this week, an anonymous 4chan user claimed to have obtained images on Snapchat — the ephemeral messaging service that allows users to send pictures and videos that should disappear after a few seconds.

Hackers release 100,000 photos and videos intercepted from Snapchat, in huge trove that includes child pornography

  • Hackers released the photos this weekend
  • Follows claims a third-party app has collected Snapchat photos for years
  • Some users say the huge trove of images includes child pornography
  • About half of all Snapchat users are teens between ages 13 and 17
  • Not the first security breach for SnapChat   

The pictures were posted in an event dubbed ‘The Snappening,' Business Insider reported.
Users have told the website that the collection includes a large cache of child pornography — as half of Snapchat's users are teens between ages 13 and 17.

A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every photo and video file sent through the message site for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB private library.

But Snapchat has denied that its service was ever compromised.

'We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks,' Snapchat told MailOnline.

'Snapchatters were victimized 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.

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