Hackers have followed through on plans to release thousands of pictures and videos from the messaging service, Snapchat.
The Guardian reports that as many as 200,000 users had their pictures, messages and videos posted online after reports that hackers were planning a mass show all.
Security officials from Snapchat report the hackers were able to gain the user information through an outdated and discontinued service called Snapsaved.com. This service allowed users to view Snapchat messages on a desktop computer.
Snapchat says the service itself has not been compromised, but that users “were victimized by their use of third-party apps.”
Snapchat service specializes in photos, videos and messages users can send that “disappear” after a period of time. However, several services have popped up allowing others to save photos or videos. Makes one wonder just how secure Snapchat’s coding is.
Well, it should be no surprise that earlier this year, Snapchat settled with the Federal Trade Commission over claims it wasn’t forthcoming (or “deceptive”) on how long messages are visible to users.
Basic rule of the internet, people – if you don’t want people to see/find out your dirty little secrets, then don’t post them. Nothing on the World Wide Web ever dies.
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