There are plenty of apps that exist with the intention of keeping you anonymous so you can voice your opinions honestly, such as Secret, and other apps with similar concepts, such as Snapchat, where your photos will disappear in seconds. The common denominator within these apps is the illusion of safety so you can feel comfortable behind an anonymous screen or with sending out ‘short-term’ videos and photos. However, more than 200,000 users were affected after their photos and videos leaked. There were reports that surfaced on Friday that hackers were planning to leak this information. The photos were posted on a website called Snapsaved.com, which is no longer available.
Snapchat confirmed the breach with the following via a Facebook post:
As soon as we discovered the breach in our systems, we immediately deleted the entire website and the database associated with it,” reads a company statement. The company says the majority of their users are American, Swedish and Norwegian.
As half of the app’s users are aged between 13 and 17, there is concern many of the indecent images might be of children. It is believed that tens of thousands of images and videos taken by teens have already been put on the internet, in what is now being referred to as ‘The Snappening’.
While the hacker’s website has been deleted, this leak goes to show that it’s not only celebrities who are targeted. We wanted to know, do you feel like the information on your phone is safe from hackers? We partnered with our friends at Qriously to poll 250 folks across the United States, and as it turns out, a slight majority lean towards the belief that their info is not safe.
Last week we published tips for protecting your data on smartphones. We recommend you take a look to protect yourself and your phone!