Utah Forensics Company Will Retrieve Expired Snapchat Photos for a Fee
There's Snapchat, a real-time picture chatting application for iOS and Android devices. To be fair, not everyone is using Snapchat to take compromising photos of themselves, and the developers will tell you the ones that do are in the minority. Sure. If you're among them, be aware that your expired photos can be resurrected with the right tools. There's even a digital forensics company in Utah that will happily retrieve Snapchat photos for anywhere from $300 to $500, depending on the device.
The company is called Decipher Forensics, and through a little bit of research, it discovered that Snapchat photos aren't fully deleted. They can be retrieved and even tied to the sender and when they were sent. Decipher Forensics charges a hefty sum for its service, but points out that it requires special forensics software that the average person doesn't possess.
"This type of information can be very valuable in any investigation, especially one involving exploitation of a minor," said Richard Hickman, a lead examiner involved in the research. "This research will help law enforcement officials retrieve what has been believed to be unrecoverable."
That's well and good, but what about a scorned ex-lover who's willing to pony up a few hundred bucks for revenge? The lesson here is to be cautious of what you send through cyberspace.