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The Snappening: Hackers breach Snapchat accounts and circulate nude photos on 4chan

Thousands of nude photos that are believed to be sent through ephemeral messaging app Snapchat has been floating on the image based bulletin service 4chan, first reported by Business Insider. Accordin

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Thousands of nude photos that are believed to be sent through ephemeral messaging app Snapchat has been floating on the image based bulletin service 4chan, first reported by Business Insider. According to blogger Kenny Withers, about 200,000 accounts have been compromised, and files over 13GB are circulating around the notorious image sharing site.

The breach is being termed “the Snappening”, which is a follow up to the “Fappening” fiasco earlier this year. The latter saw hackers breach iCloud accounts of Hollywood celebrities and leak their nude photos online. According to Withers, about 200,000 Snapchat users have fallen victim to an ongoing breach that has taken place over the past two years.

Snapchat has however issued a statement saying its servers haven’t been breached. “We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed,” the company told in a statement to SAI.

According to Business Insider, a third-party app called SnapSaved that lets users save their snaps online may have been compromised. However, many reports are pointing fingers at SnapSave, a third party client for Snapchat.

This is the why it is advised to not use an unverified third-party client for any service. This is also the reason why so many services constantly regulate their APIs to block access to any illegitimate app. It is strongly advised that you re-evaluate all the third-party apps you are using and remove those you do find trustworthy. More on the leak story as it develops.