Snapchat blames users for recent hack

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If you used a certain third-party Snapchat client, photos you received may be among the over 100,000 photos allegedly taken in a major privacy breach, according to Business Insider. Anonymous users of the 4chan message boards say the leaked photos come via a Web-based third-party Snapchat client called SnapSaved. Normally, photos sent over Snapchat self-destruct after a few seconds, but SnapSaved allowed Snapchat users to save snaps that others send them.

A giant database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos has been released by hackers who have been collecting the files for years. Shocked users of the notorious chat forum 4chan are referring to the hack as “The Snappening,” noting that this is far bigger than the iCloud hacks that recently targeted celebrities. Underground photo-trading chat rooms have been filled in recent weeks with hints that something big was coming. Thursday night it finally arrived: A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB library of Snapchats that users thought had been deleted. Users of 4chan have downloaded the files and are creating a searchable database that will allow people to search the stolen images by Snapchat username.

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