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Snapchat is not safe after all, self-destructing messages hackable

The messaging app that is Snapchat which allows users to view messages in the form of photos or videos for a few seconds before they self destruct is not completely safe. The notion that a self destructible message would not be easily stolen considering that Snapchat doesn’t allow people to save these photos is now out of question after hackers on 4chan said upt0 200,000 Snapchat images may have been stolen from a third-party service known as SnapSaved.com.

The hackers have promised that the stolen snapchat images and videos will soon go live. The searchable database of 200,00o photos, according to some hackers, may have been stolen from SnapSaved after the service got hacked . Note though, that the third party service was shut down months ago possibly after the owners realized that they had been hacked and several images stolen. The service had enabled Snapchat users to save images from Snapchat for later checking on the web.

Snapchat put the following statement out regarding this story:

We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks. 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. We vigilantly monitor the App Store and Google Play for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.

Snapchat still is to blame regarding the hack if it’s true, especially because Snapchat’s marketing message has always been that the messages exchanged by users via Snapchat are self-destructing and cannot apparently be saved. The misleading marketing message had so far convinced users that their messages were safe.

In fact, Snapchat messages are not encrypted end-to-end while using open source apps like TextSecure. Snapchat’s Director of Operations admitted that the company was giving authorities access to Snapchat images before they are opened by the recipient.