It has been quite a few days after the Snapchat incident became public. Recently some India-based hackers have claimed that they have leaked data of 1.7 million users. The identity of these hackers couldn’t be verified. This move came after Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel said that he had no plans for business expansion in “poor countries” like India.
Indian hackers claimed that they had hacked the website last year. They kept those details in store for a perfect moment. These comment by the CEO served this purpose. They leaked this data and made it available on the darknet in order to show their protest against that comment.
India-based hackers are counted as the top bug bounty all over the globe. They search for bugs in the system belonging to the IT giants. Although they found this data a lot earlier, they never thought to utilize it. The comment by Snapchat CEO forced them to change their mindset. They also threatened to carry further on utilizing the vulnerabilities of the application. They demanded Evan Spiegel to apologize for this remark publicly. Although Snapchat hasn’t yet released any data related to that alleged hacking.
This incident has increased the trolling of the app exponentially. Trying to show their anger, Indians have started a negative campaign against this app. As a result, the rating of this app dropped to one star from five stars on the App Store. #uninstall-Snapchat and #BoycottSnapchat became the most used hashtags on Twitter to show the protests. Those who haven’t used this app, even those people are also giving a negative rating to this app.
All these actions are due to the recent leak made by the online news website Variety. The CEO Evan claimed in the meeting that this app isn’t made for poor countries like India and Spain. The employee who gave this news to the website was later fired. The company stated the reason to be “poor performance”. He is being involved in a lawsuit against this company for almost three weeks now.
Snapchat is desperately trying to improve their situation. Their international spokesman claimed, “This is ridiculous! Snapchat is for everyone. That’s why it is available all over the world for free. We are grateful to the Snap community of India”.
No one can say whether they really meant it or not. Maybe this was just a move to retain their geometrically dropping users.