Anonymous hackers in India have claimed to have acquired access to Snapchat India’s systems and released details of upto 1.7 million users.
Snapchat have had a tumulus time in the past week with their India operations. This follows claims by an ex-employee that Snapchat CEO made claims that he did not want to expand into ‘poorer countries’ like India and Spain. These recently released, previously redacted details led to a furore amongst users in India. There was mass boycotting of the photo-sharing app and a spate of down-rating. Users rated it down to such an extent that by Easter Monday, the highly-popular social sharing site had a 1-star rating on the Apple App Store.
Snapchat were quick to deny that their CEO Evan Spiegel had made any such statements. They also vehemently denied that the site had been hacked into.
A Snapchat spokesperson 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.’
There are about 4 million Snapchat users in India and the app is worth £19 billion. However, if hacking claims are proven true, this will not be the first time that Snapchat account details have been leaked.
4.6 million Snapchat accounts had been hacked into in 2013 and details posted onto a website. The company had issued an apology then.
The ‘poorer countries’ comment was a part of the allegations that have been made in a lawsuit filed by Anthony Pompliano, an ex- Facebook employee who was at Snapchat for three weeks before leaving on bad terms.