The Snappening Is Happening: 90,000 Stolen SnapChat Images Posted Online

It was easy for some to dismiss the privacy concerns surrounding last month’s “Fappening” as the price of fame, as though winning an Oscar or being a Sports Illustrated cover model means you must expect and accept being hacked and having your nude photos posted on the internet. But the latest hacking scandal doesn’t play favorites. Last week, a 4Chan user posted that he had hacked a cache of NSFW photos send by SnapChat users and, true to his promise, posted approximately 90,000 photos and 9,000 videos this weekend, violating the privacy of tens of thousands of average people, many of whom are likely underage as SnapChat’s primary demographic is between the ages of 13 and 17. That means anyone busted downloading or sharing the images could be charged with trafficking in child pornography.

SnapChat, meanwhile, is mostly concerned with covering their ass while explaining how such a massive hack could occur:

“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.”

[Death and Taxes]

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