A recent cyber attack allegedly connected to a third-party app, SnapSaved, has resulted in the leak of “at least 100,000” Snapchat images that had been sent via third-party apps. The team of hackers has posted the leaked images on 4Chan.
This attack makes the iCloud leak seem dull to say the least, as hackers claim to have obtained 13GB of images via a third-party application affiliated to Snapchat. The owners of these 100,000 images that the hackers obtained believe that the photographs in question were deleted.
While it isn’t yet certain which app is the culprit, some speculate that SnapSaved, an Android application is to blame for the leak. The app disappeared several months ago, however, it seems that users are now reaping the “benefits”.
The photographs were posted on 4chan Thursday evening, and are already being downloaded by users. A searchable database has been created so that people can locate and identify their stolen images by using their Snapchat username. Alarm bells rung at 4chan when large amounts of child pornography pictures began appearing on the site.
According to report notes, the database was hosted on viralpop.com, a fake site that infected the computers of those accessing it with malware. The website has been suspended but not before thousands of people got their hands on the pictures.
When asked about the cyber attack, Snapchat claimed that is servers had not been breached and that they had not been the source of the leaks.
said Mark James, security specialist at ESET, who also recommended that users pay close attention to how they keep their data safe.
“This incident again showed that it’s all about perception of what is secure and what is not. The best advice I can offer in this case and the next ‘when it happens’ is do not use your smartphone or tablet to take images of you or your partner if you want them to remain private.”
he said, also instructing users to not use third party websites or applications to access their data.
This hack isn’t the only such event that involved Snapchat. Earlier this year, hackers obtained the usernames and account details of over four million users of the application and posted them online.