The conversation began to stir after a correspondent, a news site, discovered interruptions at an unknown meeting of programmers. The news went even further when Daily Mail, a UK-based trade association with Today Group, combined this article. Since then, the report has been published elsewhere, including Newsweek and others.

Fortune decided to investigate, as far as is known, the information disclosed to find out if there were true assumptions in the affairs of the accused programmers. Of course, some hidden cases are likely to be false and misleading, which is not really surprising. Programmers (due to the lack of an excellent term) tend to create cases and reproduce means to advance their own plans.

According to the first message, the claimed programmers distributed the stolen data “in the dark network”. In fact, the main landfill that Fortune could find was on smstrackers, an open source content accumulation website that exists in a deep network where web crawlers do not record the content of the site’s pages. (Interestingly, dark sites often show how Tor’s hidden administrations, encrypted websites, tend to require unusual programming like Tor)

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The smstrackersdata set contained more than 4,000 lines of excerpts, each of which showed what all accounts thought were user names and phone numbers (where the last two digits were hidden) for individuals with base only in the United States; much less than the 1.7 million records exchanged originally guaranteed. There were no passwords to display.

Suspecting that this attraction could have been modified with previous information, Fortune cross-referenced its essence with the help of the Snapchat customer information gap that occurred more than three years ago. Almost at the same time, an attacker abused the Snapchat address book API, a device identified with the Discover Friends application, to collect and divide user names and phone numbers for 4.6 million entries. The episode added to the organization’s possible agreement with the US Government Commerce Commission. In 2014 on protection and security against fraud. (Since then, Snapchat said it later defended its structures against comparative attacks.)

Fortune estimates that the recently published smstrackersdata set and the 2013 data set, a duplicate that Fortune acquired through the exchange system, coincided. They contained similar information, including usernames and phone numbers, highlighting hidden numbers. In any case, a contrast was that the most modern data set had three queries less than the first.