Sarahah Users Scramble to Hack the Anonymous App and Reveal Names
Sarahah Exposed, Sarahah Spyer, Reveal Sarahah — what is happening here?
It was only a matter of time. The internet has done a collective about-face and is now trying to find a way to hack the so-called anonymous messaging app Sarahah.
Instructional videos for Sarahah hacking sites — Sarahah Exposed, Sarahah View, Sarahah Spyer, and Reveal Sarahah, to name a few — have started to surface online, claiming they can unlock the mysteries of who has been sending you cryptic messages like, “I love you,” and “What’s up.”
A post published on the official Sarahah blog Monday morning, however, called out Sarahah Exposed, for example, as a “fake site.” A similar post about Sarahah Spyer was also published on the blog on August 13.
Sarahah caused an eruption of a trend among teenage users since its U.S. release in June and has remained the top free app in the App Store as of Monday morning. While finding out who is sending you their deepest, darkest thoughts is counter-intuitive to the purpose of Sarahah’s existence, which was originally created to send anonymous feedback, people are clamoring to break the anonymity.
Inverse has yet to confirm the legitimacy of these hacking sites, but their functionality doesn’t seem too likely. For example, both websites, Reveal Sarahah and Sarahah Spyer, ask you to download many other apps and then run them for at least 30 seconds before you can open the program that will, in theory, divulge your Sarahah commenters’ identities — if they even do at all.
Still, the demand is clearly there. One video for Sarahah Reveal (posted August 8) had almost 446,000 views on YouTube at the time of publication.
Saudi programmer Zain al-Abidin Tawfiq originally created the app for coworkers to share anonymous feedback with their bosses and then released it to the general public, first in Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia in February.
The main way people have been using the app is by linking Sarahah to their Snapchat accounts via Snapchat Stories
See also: How to Add a Link on Snapchat.
But, just to reiterate, we do not encourage or endorse downloading these apps and using these websites to reveal the senders of Sarahah messages. In fact, maybe just stick with the point of the thing and keep it constructive and anonymous. We will see how that goes.