"Explicit images believed to have been sent through messaging service Snapchat were reportedly put online, with threats from hackers to upload
So the story is presented that Snapchat has been hacked and maybe 1000's of images, potentially of kids have been hacked.
Now I am no IT expert but when the full report is read it throws an entirely different story to light. There are some dreadfully ill informed quotes
from experts who really should know better.
So Snapchats response is on the ball "Snapchat said its servers "were never breached". And that it was due to users accessing its service through
THIRD PARTY apps that are expressly forbidden under Snapchats T&C. They also expressly state that they patrol the app stores and have any third party
Now here come the so called experts great quotes:
"For them to just turn round and say, 'It's the users' fault,' does seem harsh,"
"They give the perception it is safe, they need to make it safe. They need to crack down on people's ability to access their data."
said Mark James, a security specialist from ESET.
So now this is where I ask you guys if my understanding of the technology is correct:
Normal Snap operation would be Phone->Snap server->Phone
Third party would be Pnone->Third party server->Snap server->Phone
This seems to be validated by this part of the report "It suspected that at least one such service was keeping a database of all the pictures and
videos that had passed through it"
Now as these services selling point is to be able to access 'snaps' long after they should be it makes sense that the third party would keep the
'snaps' on its own server (so that users phone memory isnt jammed with 'snaps')
Am I correct?
The final lines of the report in the form of quotes from 'consultant' Brian Honan
"Has Snapchat been breached? According to the letter of the law, no,"
"But people use Snapchat to keep their information secure and would expect the company to have systems and services in place to support that."
Well they clearly do have systems in place - banning users from using third party apps and closing down those apps on the stores.
I imagine going after the actual third party servers would be a massive cost implication and not really the responsibility of Snapchat to protect its
users from doing something it forbids?
The tone of the report overall seems to imply that this is all Snapchats fault. However a change of headline and some content would change this from a
negative story about Snapchat into a positive one.
New headline: "Fake Snapchat services xxxxx & yyyyyy hacked"
Content: Delete Mark James quotes as horribly ill informed and get rid of the second consultants quote. Rework into making it clearer that xxxx and
yyyyy are the companies involved. (As they are never actually named)
I thank you