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Virginia Beach police search for Snapchat hacker

Snapchat is an instant messaging app that lets users send text, photos and videos to one another. The app also allows people to post images to a 24-hour feed called their “story.” (Courtesy of Anthony Quintano via Flickr)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Police have requested documents from Snapchat after a woman said an unknown user took over her account and threatened to post nude pictures of her online.

Snapchat is an instant messaging app that lets users send text, photos and videos to one another. The app also allows people to post images to a 24-hour feed called their “story.”

The woman said that on July 1 she got a message on Snapchat. Judging by the username, at the time she believed it was a person she is friends with on the app, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.

The user asked the woman for her Snapchat login, explaining that she’d been blocked by another user and needed to contact them. The woman gave the user her information, but later that night she realized an unknown person was posting on her Snapchat story, court documents show.

The woman tried to get back into her account, but her password had been changed. She used another form of social media to contact the user she believed she’d given her information to, but discovered that that person had also been locked out of their account by the same unknown person.

The woman created another Snapchat account and sent a message to her old username. The unknown person replied by asking for other personal passwords and threatening to post nude photos online that the woman had saved to her Snapchat account, according to court documents.

The unknown person also told the woman to send them videos of her and her ex-boyfriend having sex. When the woman refused to do that, the unknown person posted several pictures on her Snapchat story.

The woman took screenshots of her conversation with the unknown person, and in a July 13 search warrant, police asked for documents from Snapchat to try to determine who the unknown person is. Those might include read, unread, deleted and private message and IP addresses associated with the woman’s account.

Authorities are still waiting to receive those documents from the application.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Virginia Beach Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Send news tips to adrienne.m@wydaily.com.

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