Anonymous Indian hackers claim to have leaked database of 1.7 million Snapchat users, which they hacked last year.
The move by Indian hackers came in retaliation to Snapchat's CEO Evan Spiegel's remark on expanding the business to "poor countries" like India. According to Indian hackers, they had found vulnerability in Snapchat database last year and had siphoned details of 1.7 million users. Hackers leaked and made this data based available on the darknet to mark their resentment against company's remark for India.
Indian hackers are among the top bugbounty hunters in the world working of IT giants finding bug in their system. Hackers said that they had found the bug earlier but never used the data but "arrogance" of the Snapchat CEO had miffed them. They have further threatened to carry out intensive strike against company on the virtual world till the CEO apologies for his remark.
SNAPCHAT DENIES LEAK OF DATA
However, Snapchat has not confirmed any successful hack and leak yet. The incident also set social media on fire where the app was trolled. Venting out their anger, Indian users have started negative campaigning against the app due to which the rating of the popular app dropped to a "single star" from an apparent "five star" on the App Store. After the reports of Spiegel's alleged claims surfaced, Snapchat faced heavy backlash from users and #Uninstall-Snapchat and #BoycottSnapchat started trending on Twitter. Those who haven't even used the app are going to app stores to give it a 'thumbs down' vote after Variety magazine d a former employee claiming that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel had said in a meeting in September 2015 that this app isn't meant for poor countries like India and Spain.
Following the controversy and massive outrage online, Snapchat said the employee who made the claim was "fired for poor performance," three weeks ago and has been involved in a lawsuit with the company".
"This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It's available worldwide to download for free," an international spokesperson of Snap said in a statement. "Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world," the statement added.
Snapchat may not be as big as Facebook or WhatsApp in India, but is quite popular. According to several media reports, Snapchat's user based in India is around 4 million. Currently, Snapchat is under immense pressure to improvise as its several iconic features are being ripped off by social networking giants - Facebook and Instagram.