Snapchat has become one of the most popular app's on smartphones, as it provided users with a new unique way of chatting, writing only a few words and otherwise display it through a picture or a video. The app is so popular that Facebook allegedly tried to buy it for $3 billion and the guys behind Snapchat still said no.
But along with an application where users can send pictures and videos that are automatically deleted after 1-10 seconds comes applications that can save those instead of it being deleted. One of those applications were Snapsaved, which could save all videos and images sent to a local Snapchat account, without letting the other person know that you saved them.
Snapsaved was hacked however, as they made a mistake in their server settings which allowed hackers to access the files that users saved on their phones. Snapsaved was out quickly to take the blame for the pictures that were about to be leaked, saying that it was them and not Snapchat that had been hacked.
“In response to recent media events and the statement made by http://pastebin.com/cJcTbNz8, I would like to inform the public that snapsaved.com was hacked, the dictionary index the poster is referring to, was never publicly available. We had a misconfiguration in our Apache server. SnapChat has not been hacked, and these images do not originate from their database” Snapsaved announced on Facebook.
However many people believe that it was the owner of Snapsaved himself who posted the Snapchat pictures online, which has been dubbed “The Snappening”. If a hacker had accessed the servers, a total of 500MB of data should have been comprised only, while a total of 13GB has been compromised.
This has led to several reporters trying to contact the owner of Snapsaved to get an interview with him, to find out what the truth really is in this story, as it has affected young peoples lives and will do so for a long time. One of those reaching out to Snapsaved was Vice Journalist Jason Koebler who asked for an interview and got the follow reply from Snapsaved's owner:
“Hello, we can give you an interview, but since we are getting contacted by so many agencies, we would like to know if you could offer any monetary reward for the interview, this would be via bit coins or the like. Best regards Snapsaved”
This is beyond tasteless and provides a bad reputation for the Bitcoin as a currency that people can use to extort and for criminal purposes. Let's hope that no other people get the same idea, at least for the Bitcoin to maintain a positive reputation.