Thousands Of Snapchat Photos Hacked

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UPDATE: Snapchat addressed the breach saying that the photos were not stolen from their app, but rather a third party source.

Hackers have just released thousands Snapchat photos and videos online according to Business Insider.

The database of pictures, that were thought to have been deleted just as soon as they were sent, appeared overnight on the forum 4chan. The hackers claim this breach is far larger than the hacking of celebrity photos stored on iCloud.

Business Insider reports that the database  is a 13GB library of pictures from the app popular with teens.

Snapchat is advertised as a messaging app that deletes photos or videos after a number of seconds that the user selects. Its popularity among young people has grown exponentially in the last year. Just this month investors valued Snapchat at $10 billion.

In May, the Federal Trade Commission ordered Snapchat to adjust its privacy policy. The FTC argued that users can save files sent to them on the app in several different ways, including screen shots.

 

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