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By Alexei Oreskovic. A file containing at least , Snapchat photos has been collected by hackers who were preparing to publish them online, according to a report on the Business Insider blog. Snapchat lets users send photos and videos that disappear in seconds. Snapchat, one of a crop of new apps that compete with Twitter Inc and Facebook Inc, is popular among teenagers. Leaked photos could also become problematic for Snapchat, which has faced criticism over privacy practices. Reuters was unable to verify whether any Snapchat photos had been posted online.
According to Business Insider, hackers may have obtained the photos by breaching third-party services that allow consumers to save the Snapchat photos they receive. Users of the online forum 4Chan downloaded the files and are creating a searchable database of the stolen photos, the report said. Tal Klein, a vice president at cloud security firm Adallom, said he could not rule out the possibility that the entire incident was a hoax.
That suggests the episode could be fictitious, or that the supposed cache of new photos was a collection of ly stolen Snapchat images aggregated by hackers, said Klein. The potential publishing of private Snapchat photos comes shortly after nude pictures of actress Jennifer Lawrence and images purporting to be of dozens of other actresses were posted on 4Chan. In May, Snapchat settled charges with U. According to the Federal Trade Commission, photos sent on Snapchat could be saved using several methods.
Media and Telecoms Updated. By Alexei Oreskovic 3 Min Read. A portrait of the Snapchat logo in Ventura, California December 21, Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; editing by Matthew Lewis.Exposed snapchat pics
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Snapchat blames third-party apps for any leaked photos