The images exchanged on Snapchat are expected to be destroyed after a certain period of time. But it seems that people who did not actually wish for their images to disappear are now regretting their decision. According to the reports, a third-party website, Snapsaved.com, which allowed the Snapchat users to save their images has been hacked. Thus literally thousands of images which were not meant to exist have now leaked into the online world. The leak of the innumerable pictures and videos from Snapsaved.com has created another ripple among the internet media about the security issues of various applications.
According to a Facebook post, Snapsaved.com apologized from the unwanted act and accepted that their servers have been hacked due to a so-called ‘misconfiguration’. Snapsaved.com is a third-party website that allows the Snapchat users to save their images and videos and has not relation to the original Snapchat application.
“Snapchat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database.”
“The majority of our users are Swedish, Norwegian and American. I sincerely apologize on the behalf of snapsaved.com we never wished for this to happen. We did not wish to cause SnapChat or their users any harm, we only wished to provide a unique service.”
Many people are harboring the misconception that Snapchat has been hacked, but the scenario is not so. In reality, if Snapchat were hacked the data that might get leaked are the user id’s and passwords. There is very little chance of a leak of images and videos as they get self destructed after some time. An official from Snapchat has already made a clear statement that Snapchat has not been hacked. In addition, the official also advised the users not to use third-party applications in the future to avoid such embarrassments.
As it seems now, Snapsaved.com is in quite a messy situation, as many people have reported this as an act of ‘Child Pornography’ as well. This is because the majority of the users of Snapchat belongs to the age group of 13 years to 17 years. The leaked images on various image sharing platforms claim that most of the images are of children.
Although it is not clear about who owns Snapsaved.com, but the owner has clarified in his Facebook comment that all the databases have been erased completely in order to prevent further embarrassments. The website has been down since the leak of the images and is probably not expected to come online again.
This is not the first time when the name of Snapchat has been taken in case of leaks. The application has been criticized over security issues in the past as well. In January, approximately 4.5 million Snapchat user names were hacked and published online. The leak does certainly pose a serious question mark over whether Snapchat should be used in the future or not?
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