Third party Snapchat web client believed to be the source of 100,000 stolen pictures

Third party Snapchat web client believed to be the source of 100,000 stolen pictures
A 13GB file containing 100,000 pictures accumulated from Snapchat over a number of years, has been released by hackers. These pictures were originally sent from Snapchat members to other members, and were believed to have been deleted by both the sender and recipient. Snapchat allows members to send each other captioned photos and video that are automatically deleted after being viewed.

Because many users of the site figured that their photos would disappear after their intended recipient viewed them, many of the pictures stolen contained pornography. A number of these photos reportedly contained child pornography. It is believed that the release of these hacked photos tops the recent release of nude celebrity pictures supposedly leaked from iCloud.

Some believe that the pictures came from third party Android app Snapsave. This app allows users to save Snapchat content sent to them so that it won't disappear as it does on the official Snapchat app. This was denied by the developer of Snapsave, Georgie Casey, who stated that the app never saved pictures online.

One website that could be involved according to an anonymous tip, is SnapSaved.com. This site saved on a web server, all of the Snaps that were being sent through it. It acted as a web client for Snapchat users who wanted to save the Snaps they received. But SnapSaved.com did not notify its subscribers that it was storing Snaps with senders' usernames attached. SnapSaved.com had disappeared months ago, and redirects to a Danish site selling items like television antennas. What is interesting is that some of the stolen pictures have messages written in Dutch over them.

Last year, Snapchat was criticized for not listening to recommendations from a security firm, whose suggestions would have prevented 4.6 million users of the app to have their username and passwords made public. While it appears that Snapchat was not involved in this leak, it gives a black eye to the messaging app. Still, the unique functionality of Snapchat has helped it earn a huge valuation. A round of financing completed in August valued Snapchat at a whopping $10 billion, and we would not be surprised to see a major online player snatch up Snapchat for a huge premium over its current valuation.


source: Dagbladet (translated) via BusinessInsider

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16 Comments

1. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Snapping meets fapping

16. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Read on another site that some images depict underage people so it probably would be in their best interest to not leak those photos and delete what they have from their servers.

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Our privacy is not even private anymore, either people share their private life with the public or secret service agencies are spying at us. This world is a fcken mess.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If you want total privacy, don't put anything up on the cloud or send it over the Internets.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

So true, its stupid how people snap their nudes and put them online, and still expect privacy. Teens nowadays....

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lots and lots of dongs.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

huh?what would someone do with a bunch of pix?unless its its a naked pix,and never seen anyone naked..gees.

6. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Its like 50% nude pics.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Blackmail. Extortion. Influence. The list goes on and on. A lot can be done with naked pics.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

.....

9. KonaStang4.6

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

if you send that crap at least use a dummy account and hide your face....

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Those old Kodak disposible cameras lookin reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaalygood right now...

11. MasterSyrron

Posts: 59; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

I think they are calling this "The Snappening"... and isn't it crazy how all this is happening around the time we are engaging Ebola with our military in Africa, crazy messes in the Middle East, elections in parts of the US... HEY, HEY look at this, look over here... ignore the real issues, lookylookylooky!

12. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I always wondered about those icloud hackers and now the snapchat ones. Do they not have anything better to do than leaking celebraties nudes and now child pornography. If you can hack major companies like that you should use your talent for good things like making a privacy software or just go work with NSA for all that matters they're already doing what you're doing.

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

They may in fact be working for NSA. This is a side business for them. Nothing wrong in exposing perverts and child pornographers.

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

These sorts of things expose 99.99% normal people, not perverts and not child pornographers. I really don't see a positive outcome other than maybe teaching normal people to be distrustful of the Internet and of technology companies in general.

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