Hacked Snapchat Website Behind "The Snappening" Asking for More Bitcoins

Thousands of Snapchat pictures saved by third party app Snapsaved.com have been leaked to the public via the internet. While the public is not yet sure exactly how the pictures were stolen or released from Snapsaved.com, the community is in an uproar. The fiasco has been dubbed "The Snappening," in recognition of a similar nickname given to Celebgate, which also involved a centralized third party storage system being breached. The cryptocurrency community's ranks bolsters after each of these hacks: Home Depot, Kmart, etc. Also read: Celebgate Could Inspire More Bitcoin Blackmail

"The Snappening" Response

The operators of the webiste, Snapsaved.com, posted to Facebook a few days ago to explain their side of the story:

In response to recent media events and the statement made by https://pastebin.com/cJcTbNz8, I would like to inform the public that snapsaved.com was hacked, the dictionary index the poster is referring to, was never publicly available. We had a misconfiguration in our Apache server. SnapChat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database.

Others in the community are maintaining that the owner of Snapsaved.com was the one who originally posted the data online. A "misconfiguration" in Snapsaved.com's server is the official reason for the data breach, which Snapsaved claims only constituted 500 MB of data total. However, users that have found the data in the wild have reported that the collection is over 13 GB of data. Snapsaved.com is very clearly not telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Multiple news agencies, big and small, have reached out to Snapsaved for comment or an interview on the alleged hack... Their response only further cements the notion that the Snapsaved owners may have loosened their security for monetary gain. [divider]CCN[/divider]

Snapsaved.com Owners Want Bitcoins

Vice writer Jason Koebler was one of many writers from around the world to reach out to Snapsaved via facebook and other mediums. In response to interview requests, Snapsaved has said:

"Hello, we can give you an interview, but since we are getting contacted by so many agencies, we would like to know if you could offer any monetary reward for the interview, this would be via bit coins or the like. Best regards Snapsaved"

What do you think of centralized services such as Snapsaved.com? Comment below. Images from Shutterstock.

Last modified (UTC): October 14, 2014 11:13 PM

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Caleb is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Economics, East Asian Studies, and Mathematics. He is currently pursuing his MSc in Digital Currency at the University of Nicosia.

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