Snapchat photos hacked only in case of third-party application users

Snapchat photos hacked only in case of third-party application users

According to reports, hackers have stolen thousands of private photos and videos of the users of Snapchat photo messaging app; and are planning to leak those photos and videos online. Media reports have said that some photos were shared on 4Chan but the links were soon deleted. Snapchat offers the option for users to share self destructing photos but there are some third party applications which allow users to save the images as well.

The massive leak by the hackers will include nearly 200,000 Snapchat photos and videos, many of which are nude photos. Already, the hackers are apparently in the process on leaking the photos and videos onto popular online forum 4Chan --- the website on which the nude photos of several female celebrities were exposed last month.

Despite the fact that the Snapchat photo messaging app has been designed in such a way that the photos which users post to their friends ‘disappear’ after a few seconds, the hackers were still able to steal the photos because some users send their photos through third-party apps, a few of which allow users to save the Snapchat posts.

Since the Snapchat users’ photos and videos stolen by hackers are the ones which were sent through third-party apps, Snapchat has confirmed in a Twitter post that users’ photos had been compromised, but has also clearly added alongside that the affected users "were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps."

Further adding that, in its ToU, Snapchat “expressly prohibits” the use of third-party apps, Snapchat asserted in another tweet: "We can confirm that Snapchat's servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks."

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