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An archive of 200,000 Snapchat images was leaked online. Though many are blaming the company itself, in actuality Snapchat services did not get breeched. Photos and login identifications were leaked through third-party sites and apps.

Over the weekend, the company released a statement denying that it was compromised. Snapchat also stated it strictly prohibits use of third party apps, which are created by separate developers as “add-ons.”

“We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks,” a spokeswoman said. “Snapchatters were allegedly 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.”

In a more in depth statement on Snapchat’s blog, the team further explained third-party apps. The team said:

A third-party application is any application that accesses the Snapchat API, but hasn’t been built and maintained by our company. Given the popularity of Snapchat and the size of our community, it’s no surprise that a cottage industry of app-makers has popped up to provide additional services to Snapchatters. Unfortunately, these applications often ask for Snapchat login credentials and use them to send or receive snaps and access account information.

More than half of Snapchat users are under aged teens. Many are worried the photos leaked will be images of children.

 

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