by Joanne Oh
Known as “The Snappening,” approximately 90,000 photos and 9,000 videos have been stolen from Snapchat. The images were originally found on a sham website, quickly spreading through 4chan and Reddit before the site could be shut down.
Third-party group SnapSaved.com is under suspicion of serving as a conduit for the stolen photos after 4chan users posted messages claiming it to be the source. The site let users save photos and videos from Snapchat online, but currently, it redirects to a Danish e-commerce site.
Snapchat released a statement to Business Insider claiming the act to be the work of a third-party site: “We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks.”
According to statistics pitched by Snapchat, teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 make up half of the app’s users. Teens have taken advantage of the app’s ability to erase images after timed view to send promiscuous photos, raising concerns about child pornography in the incident.
Snapchat has yet to release a statement as to how it plans to help the victims of the 99,000 photos and videos.