Hackers access thousands of private cell phone photos

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If you thought photos kept on your phone were private, think again. The latest internet photo hack doesn’t just affect celebrities.

Hackers are threatening to make hundreds of thousands of photos of regular people public, and some of them are nude photos. They come from the app Snapchat.

Hackers posting on the website 4Chan say they are going to post the private photos to the internet, possibly in a searchable database by username.
Snapchat says their servers were not breached. The leak came from other apps.

“All it takes is one bad apple and it’s something that’s so aversive and abrasive,” says James Swan, mobile tech specialist at Spartan Computers in York. “If you had to put credit card information in this thing, would you feel safe?”

Third-party apps like Snaphack and Snap Saver allow users to open the photos and videos and save them, looking at them over and over, without the sender even knowing it. Snapchat’s Terms of Use prohibits the use of these other apps, but they don’t enforce it.

And even more troubling, some of the images hacked could be coming from coming from kids. Snapchat’s Terms of Use says it’s intended for users age 13 and over. The leak could make Snapchat an unintentional facilitator of child pornography.

6 comments

  • OneMan'sOpinion

    “The leak could make Snapchat an unintentional facilitator of child pornography.”……….It would be kind of awesome if hackers sent child porn pics that they hacked with the cell owner’s info to police thereby using evil to accomplish some good. Yeah, it’s a longshot and probably not admissible evidence but it tips off investigators.

    • Trae

      The problem with that is they just use that as a cover. When I was younger I would always say I was 18 so I could play computer games even though I was really 10, etc… Everybody has probably done that so it falls on the person who said they were of legal age and accepted the terms. That is why those precautions exist.

      • OneMan'sOpinion

        It’s almost as though the anonymity of the Internet needs to be removed, meaning each person who uses anything online should go though an authentication of their identity first. Obviously this task is incredulous, costly and nearly impossible. Then there would be privacy advocates questioning the constitutionality of such maneuvers.

        • Trae

          Not going to argue with you there. I always feel nowadays that there are way too many rights protecting things said rights shouldn’t be protecting. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my freedom, etc… but sometimes the boundaries need to be set.

  • Lisa Edling

    So am I reading the only way they get the pics is if you downloaded those two other apps. I am a bit confused with this article.

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