Indian hackers behind releasing details of 1.7 million Snapchat accounts

Indian hackers behind releasing details of 1.7 million Snapchat accountsSnapchat, the popular photo and video sharing application, recently came into dark news when Variety reported that CEO Evan Spiegel said the app was "only for rich people" and not for "poor countries like India and Spain".

#BoycottSnapchat and #Uninstall_Snapchat tags were trending on twitter as well as other Social media platforms when users got to know that Snapchat had no plans to expand the business to "poor countries" like India and Spain.

Also, Indian hacker group has reportedly claimed to leak the data of nearly 1.7 million Snapchat users. The hacker group has made the database available on the darknet to mark their resentment against company's remark for India.

These Anonymous Indian hackers are among the top Bug Bounty hunters in the world looking to find vulnerabilities and bugs in systems of IT giants.

However, the company has not confirmed any leaks yet. In the meanwhile, Snapchat has started pushing notifications to the users trying to uninstall it from their devices. Upon making an attempt to uninstall Snapchat, it gives users a notification message "Deleting Snapchat will make Snapchat poor."

Snapchat denies that any hack has taken place, and also denies that CEO Evan Spiegel ever said what was reported in Variety magazine.

"This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone. It's available worldwide to download for free," a spokesperson for the app 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.

The allegations were made in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Pompliano, a forme Facebook employee who jumped ship to the mobile-only platform only to leave on acrimonious terms.

He claims to have uncovered "widespread, systemic failure in Snapchat’s internal controls over its user data," meaning the company inflated figures such as its number of active users. In arguments entirely denied by Snapchat, he says his findings were dismissed by Spiegel and that he was fired just two weeks into his job.

In 2013, hackers gained access to 4.6 million Snapchat accounts, posting an edited version of this data on a publicly accessible website and forcing the corporation to issue an apology.
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