Two charged in massive Snapchat theft

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Police raided various addresses in Oslo and Lillestrøm over the weekend and have arrested two men, said to be in their 20s, in connection with the theft of more than 90,000 photos and 10,000 videos from the online photo-sharing service Snapchat. 

The photos, many of them private photos of young naked girls that the girls themselves had taken and sent to boyfriends or others, have since been spread on the Internet. Many of those affected by the theft and exposure of the photos are Norwegian teenagers.

They have learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to expose themselves in such a way, but they felt protected by the nature of Snapchat, which is only supposed to quickly display the photos for a matter of seconds before they’re deleted. Instead, hackers managed to download the photos and control them, along with the identities of many of the girls.

Police continue to chase down the hackers and those now spreading the photos, which is what led them to the addresses in Lillestrøm and Oslo. The two arrested are charged under Norway’s laws regarding possession of stolen property.

newsinenglish.no staff