Hacker Allegedly Leaks 100,000 Nude Photos In ‘The Snappening’

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A user on the same 4Chan thread that released the nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton claims to have released between 100,000 and 200,000 nude and personal photos sent and received on the mobile-messaging app, Snapchat. 4Chan users on the /r/ thread have dubbed the release “The Snappening.”

Snapchat is a messaging service that claims that the photos sent on it “disappear” 10 seconds after the person receiving the picture opens it, unless the one receiving it takes a screenshot. However, another app, called SnapSave, can save all the pictures and videos sent from Snapchat to the phone’s camera roll.

The 4Chan hacker claims to have accessed the image-saving service, obtaining a trove of nude and sexually explicit photos, and has leaked all the photos online.

(Photo: 4Chan screen capture)

The user allegedly posted this on the 4Chan /r/ thread as proof. (Photo: 4Chan screen capture)

Business Insider contacted Snapchat, and its employees confirmed the hacked photos did not come from Snapchat, but from a third party site, like SnapSave.

“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.”

It’s been called “The Snappening” after the massive celebrity photo leak, dubbed “The Fappening,” which released well over 100 photos of Jennifer Lawrence. During that leak, hackers allegedly accessed the celebrities’ photos because of an iCloud bug, though Apple has denied responsibility. (RELATED: Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence Leaked)

(Photo: Vanity Fair)

(Photo: Vanity Fair)

In a recent “Vanity Fair” interview, Lawrence called the release a “sex crime,” but said she wouldn’t apologize for taking the nude photos, which she said she sent to her long-distance boyfriend. (RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence Won’t Apologize)