Hackers have started leaking a huge database of private pictures from the photo-sharing app Snapchat, according to reports. It is claimed a third party Snapchat client app has been intercepting messages for years – giving hackers access to a huge database of images and videos.
One poster has claimed that the full leak will take place very soon; however, other users of the site have doubted the accuracy of the hacking claims, pointing to the fact that one of the images allegedly from Snapsave can also be found from a different source.
The hacker claims that the pictures will be uploaded to a searchable database, meaning that images can be traced back to the victims’ Snapchat user IDs.
Snapchat allows users to send photos and images which then delete automatically within seconds. But the apparent leak is affecting users who have linked their accounts to third party apps which automatically save images and videos.
Snapchat has previously been affected by security breaches, including one occasion when millions of people’s usernames and phone numbers were posted online.