(CBS SF) — An app designed to save the photos taken with the Snapchat social media app is taking responsibility for the hack that led to thousands of private photos to be leasked to a website.
Snapsaved.com admitted in a Facebook post that a hack of its systems led to the leak. “I would like to inform the public that Snapsaved.com was hacked,” said the post. “Snapchat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database.”
Some 200,o00 photos, mostly of American, Swedish and Norwegian origin were stolen and posted to the 4chan website. Snapsaved said it immediately deleted their entire database upon discovery of the hack and no other personal information was accessed.
“We never wished for this to happen,” according to the Facebook post. “We did not wish to cause Snapchat or their users any harm, we only wished to provide a unique service.”
Snapchat maintained its servers were never compromised and the hack resulted from the use of third-party apps, which Snapchat has frequently warned against.
Snapchat bills itself as a way to exchange photos that delete themselves after being viewed. It has been seen as contributing to the phenomenon of people – often underage users – sending nude or partially-nude pictures of themselves.
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