As if the iCloud celebrity nude photo hack event last month needed a successor, Snapchat nude photos leak from the site 4chan.

If you thought the iCloud celebrity nude photo hack (dubbed “the Fappening”) was bad enough, prepare yourself for another photo hack.

That’s right: Snapchat has become the latest victim in nude photo hack events, with the iCloud celebrity photo hack last month and the new Snapchat photo hack making the second photo hack event in a few weeks’ time. The new Snapchat nude photo hack has now been dubbed “the Snappening,” in honor of its iCloud ancestor.

The site 4chan, so infamously known for last month’s iCloud celebrity photo hack, has become the new site for the Snappening as well. Last night, hackers posted photos from over 200,000 Snapchat accounts on the site 4chan.

Ephemeral text messaging company Snapchat responded to the hack claim today: “We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and weren’t 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 Store for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed,” Snapchat told VentureBeat today.

So, while Snapchat admits that the photos appear to be photos of Snapchat customers, the company says that it’s blameless in the affair. The reason for the photo hack, however, has to do with Snapchat users who are explicitly violating Snapchat’s Terms of Use.

At the same time, however, it begs the question: could there be 200,000 users who’re guilty of violating the Snapchat Terms of Use? Are all of the users guilty of compromising their own mobile security to such an extent that they can now view their photos on 4chan? One theory espoused is that Snapchat users are using a site called “SnapSaved” that allows users to save photos online instead of on their mobile devices. This may explain what’s going on, but we’d sure like to hear from the 200,000 Snapchat users to confirm for ourselves.

Whatever the reason or rationale behind “the Snappening,” it’s clear that Snapchat is, once again, a victim of hacker attacks. Keep in mind that using third-party apps may place your device and account at risk, depending on the source or location of those apps. Android users, do your best to steer clear of third-party apps that aren’t allowed at the Play Store.

iOS users remain in the App Store or use third-party apps from the Cydia jailbreak store. Cydia says that it tests the apps that come into its store, but there are others you can download with a jailbreak that haven’t been tested – and these untested apps, combined with the vulnerability of your newly jailbroken iOS device, can lead to all sorts of data theft and identity theft repercussions.

Also, keep in mind that, if you’ve ever taken embarrassing photos that end up on the Web in a hack event, you can’t get them back. Even in this mobile age in which we live, some things are still personal and shouldn’t become “everyone’s business.”

Hopefully, Snapchat will continue to beef up its Internet security. There’s been no word on whether or not the hack penetrated other site users (apart from Snapchat), but Snapchat should continue to monitor its cloud services to protect its users.

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