No, the Snapchat hack is not a hoax.
“Snappening,” which was first blogged about by social media strategist Kenny Withers on Thursday, estimates that about 13GB, or 100,000 to 200,000 photos, have been hacked by 4chan users and include underage nude photos. Tech Crunch reports that the hackers will purportedly release the photos, along with the associated Snapchat users’ names, on Sunday, October 12, via a torrent. Withers calls this breach “possibly one of the largest data breaches of online profiles” in history.
Explicit images sent via Snapchat have reportedly been leaked from a third-party app in an event being dubbed the “Snappening”.
Some 200,000 users of the app, many of whom are teenagers, have allegedly had their photos gathered by the third party over a number of years before the pictures were posted on a website.
The nickname “Snappening” is a nod to last month’s “Fappening”, in which nude pictures were stolen from the iCloud accounts of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna, Rita Ora and Kim Kardashian and posted online.
Snapchat allows users to share videos and images that disappear 10 seconds after being received, but it is possible to save the pictures by taking a screen grab in that time.
No images have been published and there is speculation that the leak could be a hoax but some reports said the leaked images were stored on the servers of a website called Snapsaved, where Snapchat users could save their screen grabs rather than keeping them on their device.
Snapchat said it was not the source of the leak and prohibited the use of third-party apps, which are created by separate developers as add-ons.
“We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.”
The Snapchat app came under fire earlier this year after hackers published user names and phone numbers on a website.
Police and children’s charities have previously warned teenagers of the dangers of using the app to send explicit images.
Half of Snapchat’s 4.6 million users were between 13 and 17 and there is concern that many of the leaked images may be of children.
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