Hide Your Nudes: They’re Leaking Snapchats Out Here

Video and photo-sharing app Snapchat is the latest point of access for Internet hackers, as hundreds of thousands of personal photos have made it online in a new leak scandal. Retrieving photos and videos from Snapchat that were saved to third-party servers, hackers made the photos available for download. They later appeared on 4chan message boards.

Now dubbed “The Snappening,” as it follows the celebrity nude leak scandal called “The Fappening,” the Snapchat leak appears to have come from one third-party source in particular: Snapsaved.com, according to one researcher. Snapchat, which as under fire earlier this year for privacy breaches (sent snaps are supposed to “disappear” after 10 seconds),maintains that they have been adamant about user security.

“Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security,” a Snapchat spokesperson told ABC News. “We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting dozens of these removed.”

Since August, celebrities have been the target of a string of nude leaks, including Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Lawrence and Keke Palmer. While those photos were obtained via iCloud, Internet privacy in general is a hot topic as of late. Some best practices include: not using the same passwords for accounts, and avoiding newer third-party apps by amateur developers, according to Business Insider.