Into The Data Breach Blame Game


A series of information leaks have been making headlines this year including Kmart, Dairy Queen, and Home Depot, the most recent this week’s Snapchat incident. Snapchat is a social media app that allows users to take photos that can be only viewed for a limited time. Of course, users have found ways around this feature.

Dubbed by the media as “The Snappening,” Snapchat has denied responsibility for the collection of private or nude photos, saying that a third-party website had been collecting them. The website’s security breach was discovered when an anonymous post on 4chan, an online image and discussion board, revealed that more than 200,000 images were stolen.images

The most interesting part about this is that Snapchat has claimed in a press release that the users are to blame:

“We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not 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 for illegal third-party apps and have succeeded in getting many of these removed.”

If you had a collection of private photos in your home and someone broke in, stole them, and distributed them, there would be a clear offender and victim. Only a month ago, Jennifer Lawrence was chastised by the media for having the same thing done to her through Apple’s iCloud.


Who should be held responsible for these leaks? The image hosting platforms like iCloud and Snapchat, the hackers who exploit security loopholes, or is there a moral objection to abstain from having personal photos taken?





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