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Indian hacker group leaks data of 1.7 million Snapchat users after CEO’s ‘poor country’ comments: Report

Miffed with Snapchat CEO’s alleged comments on expansion by calling India a poor country, Indian hackers claim to leak data of 1.7 million users.


Snapchat, the popular social networking platform for sharing photo and video status recently came into news for wrong reasons. #BoycottSnapchat and #Uninstall_Snapchat were trending on Twitter over the weekend, with the platform facing outrage from Indian users. The issue came under the light after a former Snapchat employee alleged that CEO Evan Spiegel had no plans to expand the business to poor countries like India, and the app was only meant for rich people. Now, the Anonymous Indian hacker group has reportedly claimed to leak the database of 1.7 million Snapchat users. Also Read - Instagram is shutting down Snapchat-like Threads application by end of this year

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Last year, the Indian hacking group found some vulnerabilities in Snapchat’s database after which they siphoned details of nearly 1.7 million users, DailyMail reports. To mark their resentment against Spiegel s remarks for India, the hacker group made the Snapchat database of 1.7 million users available on the darknet. The hackers are among one of the top bug bounty hunters looking to find vulnerabilities in software and services of IT giants. ALSO READ: Snapchat ratings drop to one star on Apple App Store Also Read - How to send new Diwali 2021 AR Lenses, cameos, stickers, Bitmoji on Snapchat

The hackers had found the bug last year, but never used the data. However, the arrogance of CEO Spiegel miffed them, the publication reports. Also, until Spiegel apologizes for his remarks, the group threatens to carry out an intensive strike against the company. While the hackers claim to have leaked the data, Snapchat is yet to confirm any successful data breach or leak yet. BGR India has reached out to Snapchat for a comment, and will update the copy after getting the response. ALSO READ: Snapchat denies calling India a poor country ; BoycottSnapchat trends on Twitter

Meanwhile, Snapchat has turned down the allegations on CEO comments by saying This is ridiculous. Obviously Snapchat is for everyone! It s available worldwide to download for free. Furthermore, Snapchat was also accused of showing inflated user data and misinformed about key metrics to the investors. ALSO READ: Snapchat unveils new Story Search feature

The company spokesperson further added saying, Snap did not give investors misstated user metrics back in 2015; nor did Snap employees commit any of the panoply of alleged bad acts that litter Pompliano s complaint. Snap will demonstrate as much at the appropriate time in the appropriate forum. ALSO READ: Snapchat launches Snap to Store for marketers to track ads

Besides users outraging on social media to boycott and uninstall the app, Snapchat ratings on Apple s App Store have dropped from five star to one star. At the time of filing this story, Snapchat has a rating of four star on Google Play store.

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  • Published Date: April 17, 2017 9:40 AM IST

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