Forensics company recovers deleted Snapchat photos `within days`

Last Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 14:51

London: Signaling a hit to people`s privacy in the digital world, engineers announced that they were able to recover deleted files from the popular mobile photo-sharing application Snapchat.

Snapchat claims photos shared between its users are permanently deleted within 10 seconds of being received, but Utah-based company Decipher Forensics found that it can recover images from Android-powered devices, reports the Guardian.

Because of that destruction function, the app is often associated with the sharing of sexually explicit messages.

Richard Hickman, lead examiner for Decipher Forensics` Snapchat research, said figured out how to recover photos from the Android version of Snapchat in a matter of days. He is now trying to recover photos from the iOS version of Snapchat.

Decipher Forensics said it would charge a fee of between 300-500 dollars - and require access to the phone for at least one day - in order to recover photos from the application.

Digital forensics companies often use specialized, expensive software to recover information for attorneys, law enforcement and private clients. The interest of Decipher Forensics in Snapchat was sparked when it was asked to look into the service for a divorce case and missing child case.

The company is also trying to find a way to connect a Snapchat photo`s metadata with the sender and the time the image was sent.

Snapchat has been downloaded more than five million times in the Android marketplace and was the top free download in the Apple app store on Wednesday afternoon.


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First Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 14:50

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