Snapsaved.com, a website that allows users to save pictures sent via Snapchat, apologised after admitting that hackers breached its servers, allowing thousands of private images to be leaked online.
“I sincerely apologise on the behalf of snapsaved.com we never wished for this to happen,” said the Facebook post.
“We did not wish to cause Snapchat or their users any harm, we only wished to provide a unique service.”
The site allows its users to save images sent though Snapchat without the knowledge of the sender or the Snapchat app, which allows people to send disappearing photos.
The Facebook administrator also revealed that they immediately deleted the website and its database after discovering the breach in their system.
Last week, around 200,000 private images sent via Snapchat were circulated on 4chan.
Snapchat was quick to deny that its servers were hacked, saying that the origin of the images was a third-party app that enabled people to save photos. Its spokeswoman explained that Snapchat prohibits the use of third-party apps because they pose a security risk.
The leaked photos also raised concerns about child pornography because around 50 per cent of Snapchat’s users are between 13 and 17 years of age.
Snapsaved explained in its Facebook post that it “has always tried to fight child pornography”. In fact, it has even reported some of its users to the Norwegian and Swedish authorities.
“We tried to cleanse the database of inappropriate images as often as possible,” read the post.
The leak of Snapchat images is the latest security breach that saw private pictures being shared online. In September, nude photos of various celebrities were circulated online after hackers broke into their iCloud accounts.