There are unverified reports that the website OnlyFans suffered a breach, and that terabytes of photos and videos have been leaked. According to hundreds of posts on Twitter, users of the subscription-based social media platform have had their content leaked to the public. However, OnlyFans has disputed the origin of the content. OnlyFans, which was launched in , has apparently suffered a cyber attack. The hackers were able to extract at least 1.
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A Sunday event known as the "The Snappening" may have revealed compromising photos for an unknown number of Snapchat's users of a third-party website, according to The Guardian. Hackers on Sunday posted photos and videos of Snapchat users, some of them underage, following through with a threat issued on Friday. Roughly 13 gigabytes worth of pictures and videos from a site called Snapsaved. How many of these photos might have been explicit and how many were of underage users is unclear. But the hackers who posted the images may have been the same ones responsible for posting nude photos of such celebrities as Jennifer Lawrence through the 4chan system this summer.
Celebrity Nude Photo Leaks
On August 31, , a collection of almost private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity , were posted on the imageboard 4chan , and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. The images were initially believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple 's cloud services suite iCloud ,    or a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The event, which media outlets and internet users referred to under names such as the "fappening" a portmanteau of "fap"—a slang term for masturbation —and "the happening" and "Celebgate", was met with a varied reaction from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their subjects, while some of the allegedly depicted subjects questioned their authenticity. The leak also prompted increased concern from analysts surrounding the privacy and security of cloud computing services such as iCloud—with a particular emphasis on their use to store sensitive, private information. The images were obtained via the online storage offered by Apple 's iCloud platform for automatically backing up photos from iOS devices, such as iPhones. There are claims that unreleased photos and videos exist. The hacker responsible for the leak, who described themselves as being a "collector", distributed the leaked images on the image boards 4chan and Anon-IB in exchange for Bitcoin. Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton also re-posted some of the photos on his blog, but soon took them down and issued an apology, saying "he had acted in bad taste".
The files, from adult subscription site OnlyFans, have been dumped into huge databases and shared across the internet by randy cyber crooks. Users typically pay to access the content of individual porn stars on the site, of which there are more than 18, uploading regularly, according to OnlyFans. The dump means many of OnlyFans performers now have their content available on the internet for free. The twist is that OnlyFans claims that it hasn't been hacked. Instead, the leak appears to be the result of a coordinated online effort by users to steal and share as much of the site's content as possible. It's a membership platform where fans can pay to see their favourite smut stars on a subscription basis. As well as porn performers, sex workers and Instagram influencers use the site.