The Snappening Is Not a Hoax But a Bitter Truth

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A massive collection of private Snapchat pictures and videos had been hacked surfaced on Friday, with claims on 4chan that the data would be posted online. However, many believed the threat to be a hoax, as there was no proof of an actual hack.

On Sunday, a collection of almost 98,000 files (totaling more than 13GB of photos and videos), apparently from Snapchat users, were posted to The Pirate Bay less than 24 hours after someone claiming to be the perpetrator said he had changed his mind and decided not to publish the photos. The files were allegedly saved using a third-party site called Snapsaved.com, which allows users to save and access their snaps online. (While similar apps still exist, Snapsaved.com is no longer accessible.)

“The content that has been released over the last 48 hours is an invasion of personal privacy,” the user wrote in an anonymous post on Pastebin.

“This ‘snappening‘ will aid no one and hurt us in the end.”

At this stage, there are very few credible sources of information; most is coming from anonymous users. According to a Reddit user, 4000 of the pictures are associated with 320 Snapchat usernames; a list of those, with the corresponding number of snaps they sent, was also published online.

This latest hacking, dubbed “The Snappening” in reference to the infamous leak of celebrity nude photos dubbed the Fappening (“to fap” is slang for “to masturbate”), was first reported by Kenny Withers, a social media strategist, on Friday. His site is no longer accessible.

Withers said he saw discussions of an upcoming leak on 4chan that involved 200,000 Snapchat accounts, but the threads he referred to have since been deleted.

Snapchat was quick to point out that its servers had not been hacked, and that the origin of the files was a third-party app that allowed people to save pictures.

That “third-party app” was actually the website Snapsaved.com, which is also no longer accessible. The site allowed users to save and access their snaps online, without the sender’s knowledge and circumventing Snapchat’s “instant deletion” feature, according to Ars Technica.

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