The source code of the popular social media app Snapchat was recently surfaced online after a hacker leaked and posted it on the Microsoft-owned code repository GitHub.
A GitHub account under the name Khaled Alshehri with the handle i5xx, who claimed to be from Pakistan, created a GitHub repository called Source-Snapchat with a description “Source Code for SnapChat,” publishing the code of what purported to be Snapchat’s iOS app.
The underlying code could potentially expose the company’s extremely confidential information, like the entire design of the hugely-successful messaging app, how the app works and what future features are planned for the app.
Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc., responded to the leaked source code by filing a copyright act request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), helping it takedown the online repository hosting the Snapchat source code.
Though it is not clear precisely what secret information the leaked SnapChat source code contained, the company’s panic can be seen in the DMCA request (written in all-caps) which suggests the contents of the repository were legitimate.