Over the weekend, news broke that iCloud accounts for some celebrities were hacked, leading to the leak of hundreds of nude photos.
Among the celebrities whose accounts were hacked are Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Bosworth, Jenny McCarthy, and Kate Upton. They rightly conclude “It’s worth noting that the vulnerability did not allow access to iCloud passwords, it only permitted repeated guesses or an automated dictionary attack. Celebrities were the targets of the iCloud security breach, but rumors are spreading on Friday of a far more widespread hack of Snapchat accounts.
Snapchat says that its servers "were not the source of these leaks," and says its users "were victimized by their use of third-party apps." But there's also growing evidence that whatever photos are being leaked are probably old photos that were collected over time. Whatever the case, this latest security scare has already been dubbed "The Snappening." It comes in the wake of "The Fappening" ("Fap" is Internet-speak for masturbation), in which hundreds of personal photographs of celebrities were apparently stolen from iCloud and posted to websites such as Reddit, 4chan and AnonIb. Blogger Kenny Withers was the first to report on the alleged Snapchat breach, based on conversations held on the anonymous forum-based website 4chan, although the original threads are no longer on the site.
According to Withers, a 4chan user claimed to have accessed the accounts of 200,000 users of the app Snap Save, a third-party application that allows Snapchat users to save photos sent to them via Snapchat without the sender's knowledge. There are multiple apps carrying variations of the name "Snap Save" or "SnapSave" available in both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. In addition, others are claiming the that the leak is fake and the photos that were being spread on 4chan were previous images that had leaked online, a trend that is not uncommon. Independent security and privacy researcher Ashkan Soltani performed a reverse image search on some of the photos included in the alleged leak.
Snapchat was quick to wash its hands of the potential hacking, releasing the following statement to Mashable. We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks.


The statement implies users themselves are to blame, an unfortunate choice of words that borders on victim-blaming. In any case, it's Snapchat's responsibility to make sure that users aren't able to take advantage of security flaws. So even if the leak in question is not comprised of new photos, the fact remains that photos sent via Snapchat can be saved by the receiver without the sender's knowledge. To sync your Windows 8 settings among your other systems, you need to make your Windows 8 computer a Trusted PC.
A Trusted PC allows you to sync settings, data, verify your identity, change billing info, and reset your Microsoft Account password. The Gmail tab doesn’t normally show an unread message counter when you’re in other folders than the Inbox, and it really annoys me to have to switch to that tab from time to time to see how many new emails I have.
Normally, your Gmail tab would look something like this when you have, for example, the Sent Mail folder open. For an easy solution from Gmail Labs, go to Settings in the menu on the top right side of your Gmail account.
Here hackers were able to use “brute force” to target an account on the company’s iCloud service.
Bloggers and anonymous 4chan users say 200,000 Snapchat accounts may have been compromised, with photos stolen from a third-party Snapchat app called Snap Save. Most of the searches pointed back to the same photos already posted on other websites, proving that these photos were previously released.
However, the company's statement does hint that the privacy of Snapchat users can be compromised with the use of third-party applications. Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice that we expressly prohibit in our Terms of Use precisely because they compromise our users’ security.


Anyone using the official Snapchat app could still have their photos harvested by a third-party app — the sharer has no way of knowing if the receiver is using the real Snapchat app or not. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe.
As Windows 8 continues to develop, I’m hearing you’ll be able to start syncing a lot more between your computers in the future. He also has contributed to other notable tech sites including InformationWeek and How-To Geek. Now, no matter what folder or message you have open, you’ll see a nice little counter of unread messages.
This sort of attack is where a malicious person uses a script to repeatedly guess passwords to attempt to discover the correct one. ET: Someone claiming to be the perpetrator posted on 4chan that no photos would be released. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed. Snapchat's statement implies that as long as you don't use a third-party app, you're fine, which simply isn't the case.



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