Buzzfeed has found a “security hole” in an app that is totally not used for sexting, Snapchat, and an app that is also totally not used for sexting, Poke. The two apps totally not used for sexting were found to have been caching videos that have nothing to do with sex as temporary files on the iPhone and other iOS devices.
You can replicate the “hack” by first of all getting someone to totally send you non-sex-related videos via either app and firing up the old iPhone file browser you totally have handy. I used iExplorer above, but Buzzfeed used iFunBox. Which doesn’t sound at all sexual.
To use this “method” to check out and save videos from Snapchat, even after you’ve viewed them, hit up the Snapchat app via the file browser and open a folder called “tmp.” If you want to check out Poke videos, first make sure not to view them, then go to the app in the file browser, then “library” then “caches” then “fbstore” then “mediacard.” See above.
While this totally not sexting related “story” is totally at the top of Techmeme right now, one day soon we’ll all forget that this was such big news. Facebook has told Slashgear that it was working on a fix for Poke, while Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel shrugged it off.
Because WHY ON EARTH WOULD ANYONE WHO ISN’T A TECH REPORTER DO THIS?