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Indian Hackers Claim to Hit Snapchat with 1.7m Data Leak, Company Denies Attack

Snapchat, reportedly, has dismissed claims that an anonymous group of Indian hackers miffed with CEO Evan Spiegel had hacked into the company and released data of nearly 1.7 million app users. The hackers also went on to say that they had found the bug long back but had not misused it. However, the comments made by the Snapchat CEO provoked the hackers to leak the data.

 

According to Hindustan Times query to Snap Inc. to learn more about the attack and its success is yet to be addressed by the company. The Indian hackers said that there was a vulnerability in Snapchat’s database last year revealing details of 1.7 million users. The data has been leaked on the darknet as a move to retaliate the company’s remark against India.

 

All of this began when there was an allegation made by a former Snap Inc. employee, Anthony Pompliano, who accused Snap Inc CEO Evan Spiegel of making this statement: “This app is only for rich people. I don’t want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain.”

Snap Inc has come on record to dismiss these allegations as false. “This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone! It’s available worldwide to download for free,” said the Snap Inc. statement.

According to Snapchat, the ex-employee had been fired due to his poor performance 3 weeks ago and is to face a lawsuit with the company. Snapchat haven’t made any statements or announcements regarding the date leaked or breached, although the story is yet to still develop further.

IMG Credit: The Internet
IMG Credit: The Internet

Just as the fake claims had been shared over on social media networks, Indian Snapchat were extremely angered by this news, leading them to uninstall the App and give a negative review on the Snapchat App at Google Play Store. At the time of publishing this news article, 1,522,002  Snapchat users rated the App as 1 star on Google Play Store.

References: HT's Quary

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