The Anonymous Indian hackers claim that they have posted the personal details of 1.7 million Snapchat users on the deep web which they obtained from hacking the Snapchat. This is done in response to the Snapchat’s CEO allegedly calling India as a “poor country”.
The Snapchat denies that any hack has really taken place, and they also deny that CEO Evan Spiegel has ever said the app was “only for rich people” and not for “poor countries like Spain and India”, as the Variety magazine reported.
This hasn’t stopped any if the angry Indian consumers from dragging the app’s rating straight from five stars down to one on the Apple store and Google Play store. They even launched #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat campaigns on Twitter, and also allegedly compromised nearly 2 million accounts.
A spokesperson from the $25 billion app said in a statement: “This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone. It’s available worldwide to download for free.”
“Those words are written by a disgruntled former employee. We are very grateful for our Snapchat community in India and all around the world.”
These allegations are made in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Pompliano who is a former Facebook employee and jumped ship to the mobile platform only to leave on some acrimonious terms.
He claimed that he has uncovered a “wide-spread, systemic failure in the Snapchat’s internal controls over data of its users,” 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 Mr Spiegel, then aged 25, and that he was fired just two weeks into his job.
While the case is yet to be settled by a Los Angeles Court, the allegations have been taken extremely seriously by the estimated 4 million Snapchat users in India.