According to a report by Business Insider, a group of hackers has released a huge database of intercepted Snapchat photos and videos which was being collected for years. Being referred to as “The Snappening”, it is feared that this may be far bigger than the recent iCloud hacks that targeted celebrities, as hackers seem to have accessed a 13GB library of Snapchats, which includes underage nude pictures, that users thought had been deleted.
“Underground photo-trading chat rooms have been filled in recent weeks with hints that something big was coming. Thursday night it finally arrived: A third-party Snapchat client app has been collecting every single photo and video file sent through it for years.”
The worst thing is that some users of the notorious 4chan hacking chat forum have reportedly downloaded the files and are creating a searchable database that will allow people to search the stolen images by Snapchat username. One report suggests the hacked third-party Snapchat client was Android app “Snapsave”, which allowed users to keep Snapchat photos and videos, which automatically delete when viewed through the official Snapchat app.
The source also reports that database of Snapchat files posted online was hosted on viralpop.com, a fake competition website that installed malicious software. While the viralpop website has now been taken offline, thousands of people are believed to have already downloaded the collection of Snapchats.