Hackers prepare to leak 100K Snapchat Photos

AppleP59

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Earlier this week, an anonymous 4chan user claimed to have obtained images on Snapchat - the ephemeral messaging service that allows users to send pictures that should disappear after a few seconds.

Now, messages posted on the 4chan website suggest that up to 200,000 images will be released soon in an event dubbed ‘The Snappening’.

A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every photo and video file sent through the message site for years, giving hackers access to a 13GB private library.
But Snapchat has denied that its service was ever compromised.

How likely is it to be a hoax? And if it's indeed real, will it be anywhere near as big "fappening"?
 
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rick snagwell

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He's saying that someone claims Snapchat images don't actually disappear (shock!!) and that someone has hacked them (double shock!!) but neither piece of "information" is on topic for this part of the board.
how is that? this is def a thing in the news? where would you like him to put it mod?
 

D.T.

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It’s my understanding it’s a 3rd party client that was receiving the photos through the normal SnapChat backend services, but then storing them on a totally different backend.

If the SnapChat API allowed (or was hacked to allow) a 3rd party client to authenticate, then this is easily believed - this also assumes there was actually a 3rd party client, I guess a quick perusal of Google Play and the App Store would show this (if they haven’t been pulled).

That’s one reason I’m always very leery of 3rd party client apps for a service.
 

12vElectronics

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He's saying that someone claims Snapchat images don't actually disappear (shock!!) and that someone has hacked them (double shock!!) but neither piece of "information" is on topic for this part of the board.
Lol shocking! People don't realize what they post over the web never disappears!
 

Surf Monkey

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Lol shocking! People don't realize what they post over the web never disappears!
It does look as if Snapchat set up their service not to store the images, but you're right. This is the lesson no one seems to ever learn: the moment your data hits the network it stops being secure. Period.
 

12vElectronics

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It does look as if Snapchat set up their service not to store the images, but you're right. This is the lesson no one seems to ever learn: the moment your data hits the network it stops being secure. Period.
I've learned that lots of people in the internet lie and anything could be hacked. The most intimate and personal stuff I have on the web is bank information and if that ever became compromised, I know the bank would make me whole.
 

vulcanvillalta

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I can't say I'm surprised. But I bet the men in charge are not going to be so serious about this as they were when Jennifer Lawrence had her nudes leaked.

When I was a kid, I was told to never say of do or write or record ANYTHING that you would feel uncomfortable doing in front of your parent. With the exception of marital sex, I think that this still stands. The world can and will use anything you say or do against you, in or out of the court of law. Best to not give them any ammunition.
 

cymolia

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Hackers prepare to leak 100K Snapchat Photos

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.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/snapchat-hacked-the-snappening-2014-10#ixzz3Ft3x7zkW


 

Hal~9000

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The digital world we rely upon for safety is anything but. Not sure why people are so trusting of stuff like whatsapp, facebook, dropbox, snapchat etc etc etc.

That being said, sucks for those who were sending naughty pics during sexy time :cool:
 

Hal~9000

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Looks like it was a 3rd party SnapChat client that did the damage:
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.
Wonder which one it was? :confused:

my body is ready
LoL, you sound like one of the reddit members during the fappening :p
 

got556

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I'm not fully recovered from thefappening. I hope hope hope they vetted those pics before releasing them. Can see a lot of underage shenanigans be released that I want no part of as I'm sure most of you don't either. Tread lightly.
 

mcdj

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It has always fascinated me that people are more turned on by crappy amateur nude photos of people who don't want them published than by professionally taken nude photos of people who purposely posed for them.

Skin is skin.
 

Melrose

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People get a camera. People take photos of themselves. They take more photos of themselves with no clothes on. They share all these photos on social media. They are then surprised when - *ginormous shocked inhalation of breath* - these latter photos are uncovered and published?

Didn't your mommy ever teach you that whatever you post online stays online?

When I first heard about Snapchat I thought, "this is a hack waiting to happen because those photos are kept somewhere."

Easy solution.

Quit taking naked pics of yourself.

Geez..
I think so too. I have no reason to be afraid that my naked selfies are going to be hacked and published because I don't take photos of myself naked. Problem solved before it even starts.
 
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malman89

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It has always fascinated me that people are more turned on by crappy amateur nude photos of people who don't want them published than by professionally taken nude photos of people who purposely posed for them.

Skin is skin.
I really hate fake breasts and photoshopped/layers of makeup photos, so I'll take those amateur shots instead. And luckily so many social media addict gals have iPhones so the photo quality is great. Thanks, Steve! Your work is paying off in ways you never imagined. :apple:

/s... sort of.

On topic, I also dislike these fedora wearing fools on 4chan/reddit who somehow try to justify viewing and sharing these stolen photos. This victim shaming is just a bunch of bull. And to the users above with the same mindset, we get it, you're either too old to have had the opportunity or so full of moral fiber to never snap nudes on a webcam or phone. Good for you. Your personal beliefs have no impact on the facts of the case - these photos are stolen. They were sharing the photos under the belief that they were private and in a controlled environment. I'm sure if they wanted to publicly share them, they would have done so. And seeing as how underage teens were the key original demographic of the Snapchat craze and are some of its more frequent users, there's a good chance of illegal underage photos being released. So get off your moral high horse and think of those affected.