Snapchat photos breached via Snapsaved.com: SSO Alert Priority Moderate
14 October 2014
Thousands of photos and videos have been leaked after a third-party app used to covertly save photos taken with Snapchat, was breached.
Snapchat is a social media smartphone app used by millions of people to share photos and videos, often intimate or explicit in nature. It was designed specifically to delete messages and photos shortly after the recipient views a message. Snapchat’s user base includes a high proportion of young people.
A number of third-party apps have been developed which can be used to save received Snapchat images without the sender’s knowledge, before the images ‘self-destruct’. One online service that is used to save messages, Snapsaved, has been breached and images saved to Snapsaved.com have been leaked online. The Snapsaved.com website was taken down following the breach.
There has been significant media coverage of these events in recent days, including claims and discussion sourced from anonymous online users, which makes verified information difficult to obtain.
Current claims include that between 500MB and 13GB of images and video has been stolen, or approximately 98,000 files. These events continue to unfold.
Even without third-party apps, someone who receives a Snapchat image can still use a second device to take a photo of the image while it displays on screen, or they may be able to take a screenshot.
These events, and recently reported celebrity photo thefts, highlight how difficult it can be to maintain your privacy online. Ultimately, there are no absolute guarantees about your information online. The best way to manage your privacy is to limit the availability of personal information you disclose. When you do offer information online, choose reputable sites, apps and services you know and trust.
Stay Smart Online may provide further advice if more information can be confirmed. You can read media reporting and discussion about this on most news sites including Mashable and the Independent.
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