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Snapchat Hacked...Again
By: Jessica Cherok
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Once again, Snapchat is in the news for a massive hacking of their supposedly deleted photos. The company originally tried to deny there was any validity to 4chan’s threat to post photos online, calling the entire thing a hoax. Turns out it wasn’t a hoax.

On Sunday, 98,000 photos and videos from Snapchat were uploaded. The video and images appear to have been saved by a third-party app called Snapsaved. Contrary to Snapchat’s setup where photos and video can be deleted, Snapsave allows the material to be preserved.

Some of the pictures posted have been linked to Snapchat usernames, lending credit to the authenticity of the breach. Most of the 4chan and Reddit posts have been anonymous, as well as many of the threads deleted, which led to the original belief that the whole thing was a hoax.

Snapsaved is no longer operating, and has made several public statements that their site had been hacked. On the site’s Facebook page, their administrator said, “As soon as we discovered the breach in our systems, we immediately deleted the entire website and the database.”

This is just another issue in Snapchat’s tumultuous history. The company has already experienced other notable security issues in the past, yet remains wildly popular. 

   

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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