Revenge Against Snapchat: Indian Hackers Leak Database of 1.7 Million Users
Apr 18 2017
The "comment" has obviously not gone down well with social media users and has sparked on debate on Twitter with numerous memes springing up and some of them urging people to uninstall the app as a mark of protest.
The complaint was unsealed last week, revealing an allegation that Evan Spiegel, the company's CEO, once told Anthony Pompliano he had no interest in expanding Snapchat into poor countries like India and Spain.
"Snapchat is for everyone!"
Snapchat CEO dismissed India as "Poor": Says ex-employee - Snapchat gets a pathetic response from all over India. Not surprisingly, #Uninstall-Snapchat and #BoycottSnapchat have been trending on Twitter.
Outrage has bubbled among web-based social networking clients over charges by a previous representative - which Snapchat denies - that its CEO once labelled India as a "poor" nation that wasn't a need for the application. Responding, Snapchat released a statement calling the allegations "ridiculous".
The hackers have also claimed that they had hacked into Snapchat previous year but have chosen to leak the data now as a retaliation to CEO Evan Spiegel's now infamous remark. He stated that he has witnessed, "a wide-spread, systemic failure in Snapchat's internal controls over its user data".
Meanwhile, due to the confusion, hundreds of users started uninstalling Snapdeal app, thinking that the CEO of Snapdeal had made these statements about India being poor.
Dozens of users left scathing reviews of the app in Google Play and Apple's App Store. "I don't want to expand into poor countries like India and Spain".
This has done little to stem the flow of negative publicity flowing in from angry users on social media offended by Spiegel's alleged remarks. According to a report, the hack was done past year.
People walk past a Snap Inc. billboard with a logo in Times Square in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, March 21, 2017.