Tuesday, 18 April 2017

1.7million Snapchat Users Data Leacked By Group Of Indian Hackers

Some unknown Indian hackers were reported to have hacked into Snapchat and have leaked the personal details of 1.7 million Snapchat users on the deep web, in response to the app's CEO allegedly calling the country a "poor country".

But Snapchat has denied that any hack took place and also denies that The CEO of Snapchat "Evans Spiegel ever saying that Snapchat is only made for rich countries and rich People and not for poor countries or poor people like India. The app recently was dragged down from five-star rating to one star on the app store angry Indian consumers, launching #UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat campaigns on Twitter, and allegedly compromising nearly 2 million accounts.

A spokesperson of the app that has a net worth of $25 billion (£19 billion) said in a statement: "This is ridiculous. Obviously, Snapchat is for everyone. It's available worldwide to download for free. "Those words were written by a disgruntled former employee. We are grateful for our Snapchat community in India and around the world."

The allegations were made in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Pompliano, a former 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 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.

Estimated 300 million people that use the app a least once or twice a month while 2.5 million snaps are sent each day or 30,000 every second.

75 per cent of those users who send a Snap every day are in North America or Europe. Meanwhile, 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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