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  1. #1
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    [EN] Snapsaved says it was Snapchat leak source





    It probably seemed like a good idea - outsmart Snapchat by using a website that allows you to store your pictures.

    But now Snapsaved.com appears to have admitted that hundreds of thousands of its users have had their (sometimes very private, and even illegal) pictures stolen.

    Snapchat, the original app, says its system was not breached in any way.

    Snapsaved.com said they "immediately deleted the entire website and the database" once the hack was discovered.

    But it could be too late.

    Using third-party websites is against Snapchat's terms of use because they can be more easily hacked.

    They told Newsbeat: "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 dozens of these removed."

    Over the weekend a hacker claimed to be preparing to publish a searchable database of photographs from users.

    However, the website doesn't believe enough data was stolen to achieve that.

    A Facebook account which claims to be from the people behind Snapsaved.com posted: "The recent rumours about the snappening are a hoax. The hacker does not have sufficient information to live up to his claims of creating a searchable Database.

    "Our users had to consent to all the content they received via SnapSaved.com, as we mentioned, we tried to cleanse the database of inappropriate images as often as possible.

    "The majority of our users are Swedish, Norwegian and American."

    They say they "sincerely apologize" for what's happened.

    However, the issue doesn't end there and could become a lot more serious.

    It's understood some of the stolen images were of teenagers below the age of 16. That makes them automatically indecent and illegal images of children.

    "Snapsaved has always tried to fight child pornography, we have even gone as far as reporting some of our users to the Swedish and Norwegian authorities.

    "As far as we can tell, the breach has effected 500MB of images, and 0 personal information."

    Snapchat says it is not responsible for any of the leaks.

    Some critics say they should make it harder for third-party websites to access their system, even if users enter their passwords willingly.

    We've asked two app designers, and they both agree that the technology is there for Snapchat to push back harder against add-ons like Snapsaved.com.

    Jon Hockings is a senior engineer with the mobile software development company The App Business in London. He said: "Considering their demographic is made up of such a young audience, perhaps they should take a little more responsibility, be a little bit extra careful and make sure their security is as good as they can be."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29604638

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    Hackers Access At Least 100,000 Snapchat Photos And Prepare To Leak 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.

    The database of Snapchat files posted online was hosted on viralpop.com, a fake competition website that installed malicious software on the computers of users trying to take part. That site has now been suspended and taken offline, although thousands of people have already downloaded the collection of Snapchats.

    One news report suggests the hacked third-party Snapchat client was Snapsave. The popular Android app allowed users to keep Snapchat photos and videos, which automatically delete when viewed through the official Snapchat app.

    In a statement to Engadget, Snapsave developer Georgie Casey denied his app was to blame, saying "Our app had nothing to do with it and we've never logged username/passwords." He also denied that Snapsave stores photos online. This means that the hacked Snapchat client was probably a website, rather than an app.

    An anonymous photo trader contacted Business Insider to tell us that the site affected was SnapSaved.com. The service acted as a web client for the Snapchat app that allowed users to receive photos and videos, and save them online. What its users didn't realize was that the site was quietly collecting everything that passed through it, storing incriminating Snapchats on a web server, with the usernames of senders attached.
    http://www.businessinsider.com/snapc...pening-2014-10

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    Snapchat photo leak site, TheSnappening.org, shut down

    Before it disappeared the site was getting around five million page views every day.

    A website that was set up to host thousands of pictures and videos taken from Snapchat, TheSnappening.org, has been closed down.

    A message now says: "The website has been shut down for good intentions. Thank you."

    Before it disappeared the site was getting around five million page views every day.

    Reddit user Mudit Grover has admitted being the administrator of The Snappening and says he shut it down.

    Grover told Mashable.com: "The content is publicly available everywhere on the internet.

    "Neither I am the only one nor the first one to make a website about that.

    "My purpose was that people should see how vulnerable hosting private information on cloud can be, I do not intend anything wrong."

    Nearly 100,000 explicit images believed to have been sent through Snapchat were uploaded to the web at the weekend on TheSnappening.org and The Pirate Bay.

    Snapchat said it was not responsible for any of the leaks.

    Add-on app firm SnapSaved.com appeared to admit that it was the source of leaked images on its Facebook page.

    The third-party service said it had "immediately deleted the entire website and the database" once the hack was discovered.

    A statement sent to Newsbeat from Snapchat said: "Snapchatters were victimised 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 dozens of these removed."
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29635324

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