The company says it will notify those Snapc hat users who may be using third-party apps, and will prompt them to change their account passwords, apart from warning them to stop using third party apps. “Starting today, we will notify Snapchatters when we have detected that they may be using third-party apps and we’ll ask those Snapchatters to change their password and stop using unauthorised apps,” added the company blog post.
The announcement from Snapchat comes almost a month after the ephemeral messaging service Was Haked and 500MB worth of images were leaked. The leak was identified to be due to third-party services, with the popular Snapsaved.com named, a website that allowed users to save images sent via Snapchat.
Snapsaved soon after came forward to admit its servers had been hacked, and said on its Facebook page that it had deleted its entire website and database as soon as it discovered the intrusion.
Snapchat however made a statement clearing that its servers were not breached, nor was it the source of the leaked images. The company blamed for what was being referred to as “The Snappening”. This did not lift the blame entirely from Snapchat however, as it proved that developers or criminals were able to access Snapchat’s private API that it used to run the service, and out the firm’s cavalier approach to privacy was unbecoming of a disappearing chat service. The company should have been able to detect and stop third-party services, experts argued.