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Posted 17 October 2014 - 01:34 PM


Snapsaved has confirmed reports that it was hacked earlier this week, resulting in the theft of thousands of personal Snapchat photographs.

The third-party service is a tool for saving self-destructing images sent through the picture messaging app, a practice that Snapchat prohibits.

The images included in the breach - dubbed 'The Snappening' - are said to depict minors and are explicit in nature, but Snapsaved insists that the hackers did not obtain enough data to create an indexed online database, as previously threatened.

"Snapsaved has always tried to fight child pornography, we have even gone as far as to reporting some of our users to the Swedish and Norwegian authorities," said Snapsaved in a statement.

"The recent rumours about The Snappening are a hoax. The hacker does not have sufficient information to live up to his claims of creating a searchable database."

It is suspected that those behind the circulation of explicit Snapchat images were also responsible for the leaks of nude photos taken by hundreds of celebrities, including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Lawrence recently described the leaking of intimate and personal photographs as "a sex crime", and said that anyone seeking out such images online "should cower with shame".

More recent celebrity victims of nude photo leaks have included Doctor Who actor Matt Smith and former girlfriend Daisy Lowe.

In January, a Snapchat hack saw around 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaked online due to a security loophole, but the company insists that it was not hacked directly this time around.

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