SnapChat Users Have Been Hacked

SnapChat has been on the rise since 2011 and according to ComScore, an American Internet analytics company, the exclusive mobile app is the third-most used social media website; right under Facebook and Instagram. Recently, there’s news on a SnapChat hack.

The app allows it’s users to send photos and videos to friends, which once viewed by the receiver, are automatically deleted. On Saturday, an announcement was made that the photos and videos from third party services that allow Snapchat users to back up their photos and videos, were hacked and posted online. Some users reportedly underage.

Snapsaved is one of those third party users who made the announcement on Facebook saying:

“I would like to inform the public that was hacked, the dictionary index the poster is referring to, was never publicly available. We had a misconfiguration in our Apache server. SnapChat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database”.

Snapsaved is a website were SnapChat users can freely browse all media and freely download them. Which SnapChat claims has nothing to do with. They went on the record saying that SnapChat has not been hacked.

Since the release of the hack, there has been some worry that these images have contained a large amount of child pornography. With 500MB of images being breached, 100MB have been nude photos. However, it hasn’t been said that any child pornography has been detected yet. Majority of SnapChats users are of the age 18 to 24. Ages 13 to 17 make up a large percentage of SnapChat users.

SnapChat has come forward to say that they have “expressly prohibited [third party users] in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security”.

Advanced Integrated Control (AIC) will keep you posted on any other latest news in regards to this topic.

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