Indian hackers release details of 1.7 million Snapchat users after backlash against Snapchat CEO

One of the largest social networking sites, Snapchat has been allegedly hacked by Anonymous India. According to reports, the hacking group allegedly leaked 1.7 million Snapchat user’s personal data online.

The snapchat CEO, Evan Spiegel’s has caused controversy by allegedly calling India a “poor country”. The allegations are part of a lawsuit filed by previous employee, Anthony Pompliano against the company who claimed Spiegel Snapchat was not for “poor countries like India and Spain”. The comments were reported in Variety magazine leading to hackers in India creating a backlash and claiming to post the personal details of 1.7 million Snapchat users online.

Indian consumers are also outraged by the comments and have dragged the app’s rating from five stars to one on the Apple store. They are also encouraging people to no longer us the app, with #UninstallSnapchat and #BoycottSnapchat campaigns on Twitter, and allegedly compromising nearly 2 million accounts.

A spokesperson for the $25 billion (£19 billion) app 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.”

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