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Hundreds of nude photos were posted on 4chan late Thursday after an apparent hack of photos from Snapchat users who used third-party applications.

The hackers claim they stole photos from at least 200,000 accounts.

While Snapchat has acknowledged the hack, they said their servers were never breached and played no role in the hack.

Snapchat issued a statement on Thursday:

“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.”

An anonymous 4chan user said they hacked into Snapsave, an image-saving service that gives Snapchat users the option to save photos before they self-destruct.

The hacker said the full leak of photos will happen on October 12, however many people doubted the claim as some of the photos can be found on other websites.

The third-party source of the photos has not been confirmed.