‘The Snappening:’ Hackers to leak thousands of Snapchat photos

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If you use the mobile messaging service Snapchat, you may think those photos self-destruct, but they don't.

Hackers are warning that thousands of nude images sent through Snapchat will be released online in a searchable database. Some of them will be posted on the same websites involved in the celebrity hacking scandals.

Message boards are filling up with word of the pending leak. It even has a name: "The Snappening."

An anonymous user claims to have hacked into Snapsave, which is an image-saving service that allows Snapchat users to store photos received before they self destruct.

WGN's Gaynor Hall spoke with identity theft expert, Robert Siciliano from Hotspot Shield.

Snapchat released the following statement:

"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."

Half of Snapchat's users are between the ages of 13 and 17.

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