Thousands of Snapchat photos to be leaked, ‘The Snappening’

FILE - This Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 file photo shows Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(CNN/KHON2) — Hackers claim to have stolen 100,000 photos and videos from photo sharing app Snapchat, and they say they may publish those private images.

Snapchat is a popular mobile messaging app that lets people send photos, videos and messages that disappear in a few seconds. Many users share naked pictures thinking the images would disappear.

CNN reports that the purported privacy lured teens to the app. About half of its users are between 13 and 17.

The company claims their server weren’t tampered with and say they were not the source of the leaks.

Snapchat blames third-party apps that are being used to send and receive messages.

The company settled with the FTC in May over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages and collecting users’ contacts without telling them or asking permission.

While Snapchat is not yet profitable, the company was recently valued at $10 billion.



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