Skip to main content

Snapchat blames users of ‘illegal third-party apps’ for nude photo hack

Snapchat blames users of ‘illegal third-party apps’ for nude photo hack

Last night a slew of nude pictures started showing up on 4chan. Not terribly unusual, except these were images apparently snagged from hundreds of thousands of Snapchat users.
The event has been dubbed “the Snappening,” named after a previous nude photo hack called “The Fappening.” A month ago, a group of hackers found their way into several celebrity iCloud accounts, stole nude images found there, and posted them to 4chan. Most notable among the people targeted was actress Jennifer Lawrence, who called the incident a sex crime.
This time, hackers took photos from 200,000 accounts, according to social media consultant and writer Kenny Withers. Snapchat has issued the following statement to VentureBeat in response, confirming that a hack has occured. But Snapchat makes clear that its “servers were never breached” and played no role in the hack [emphasis ours]:
We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaksSnapchatters 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.
The store of photos released Thursday night may have been accumulating for years, though there’s some confusion about the source of the photos. Some reports say the photos came from third-party client SnapSave. However, Business Insider is reporting that the photos came from a website called SnapSaved, which lets users save their snaps online rather than on mobile.
Snapchat’s statement confirms that a hack has indeed occurred but pushes all responsibility to the users — something the victims of this hack aren’t likely to appreciate.

Popular posts from this blog

5 More Killer Firefox Addons for Designers

If you compare the way you use your computer today with how you used it, let’s say 10 years ago, you will probably notice a big difference, even if you essentially still do the same tasks with it. Applications replace Software and Add-Ons replace Stand Alone Programs.

It’s obvious, we are doing a majority of our work in our browser. Even designers can utilize free photoshop alternatives which are completely web based, without ever leaving their beloved browser. Extensions and Add-Ons enhance this experience also, by turning your web browser into a real hub. Mozilla Firefox is one of the browsers which can offer you very powerful assets of tools, if it’s used right.

Whether if it’s Web Design, UX, UI, Typography or anything else; some of Mozilla’s Firefox Web Browser’s strong points lie in it’s broad selection of available add-ons. Apart from the must have add-ons as the Web Developer Toolbar by Chris Pederick , and Firebug by Joe Hewitt, there are a lot of other little tools which ca…

Taylor Swift Unhappy After Princeton Review Misquotes Her Lyrics in SAT Test Paper

The popstar of several multi-million dollar hits and multi-million dollarlegs, Taylor Swift is not one to be messed with. The Princeton Review found that out the hard way after they published Tay Tay's lyrics as an example of bad grammar on a SAT practice test.

To be fair, they were trying to make the point that pop songs are where grammar goes to die and also cited other pop singers such as Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Kesha.

The fiercely loyal Tay Tay fans were not likely to let this go by and Tumblr user Nava who was apparently having ' an amazing time studying for SAT' when she spotted this, posted a snapshot with the caption, " .... it isn't a pop song it's a country pop song so take that Princeton review Taylor is grammar queen so shhhhhh.."


Source

Unluckily for the Princeton Review however they misquoted the lyrics of the song Fifteen. The question paper wanted students to grammatically correct, "Somebody tells you they love you, …

Jessica Lange Is Definitely Done With American Horror Story But Look Who's Checking in...

Good news and bad news, American Horror Story fans.

Queen Jessica Lange confirmed at tonight's PaleyFest panel that she will not return for American Horror Story: Hotel.

"Yes, I'm done," she told the audience, "We've had a great run here. I have absolutely loved doing these four characters that I've had the opportunity to play. In all the madness, I've loved the writers, my actors, Ryan and the whole, I mean, insanity of it, shooting here, shooting in new orleans, the stories, everything."

While that is definitely not music to our ears, the panel did offer up a few happier Hotel tidbits, like the fact that White Collar star Matt Bomer will be joining the show for the season, along with 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson. Both Bomer and Jackson are pretty familiar with Ryan Murphy and co, having both guest starred on Glee. Bomer also appeared in American Horror Story: Freak Show as a prostitute who was brutally murdered by Dandy (Finn Witrock).

While Jack…