Little Printer Hack Captures Secret Snapchats
Little Snapper easily gets past Snapchat security to retrieve and print photos.
We introduced you to the BERG Little Printer a couple of years ago, an exceedingly cute printer which has recently been put to more sinister use by UK-based animator and developer Wesley Hill, also known as Hako on Github. Using a hack by the name of Little Snapper, you can print photos you receive through Snapchat on the adorable little device.
Little Snapper allows you to capture unread Snapchat images, host the image for 45 seconds to give the Little Printer time to parse, and then print the picture. After you have a black-and-white print-out, Little Snapper deletes the image. According to the description provided by Hill, Little Snapper simply requires your username and password to access your account, and only received, not sent, images are printed.
The 18-year old completed the project in three weeks as a challenge to himself, and said that SnapChat’s Snaptcha system wasn’t very hard to break into. “I think it was poorly implemented if you ask me,” said Hill. “The Snaptcha system wasn’t really effective, and people still got through it regardless. Snapchat’s API didn’t change much either, there was little effort involved to get past.”