Map vandalism transformed the city of New York into & # 39; Jewtropolis & # 39; in a variety of applications, leaving residents confused and outraged.
New Yorkers quickly discovered the change on Thursday morning, as they opened everything from Snapchat and Weather Channel to Citi Bike.
The Jump Bikes, StreetEasy apps and the Zillow real estate website were also affected.
Numerous users posted photos of the maps on social networks, tagging the companies to report the hack and demanding that it be tackled quickly.
A map vandal has transformed the city of New York into & # 39; Jewtropolis & # 39; in a variety of applications, leaving residents confused and outraged. In the photo is Snapchat
New Yorkers quickly discovered the change this morning, as they opened everything from Snapchat and Weather Channel to Citi Bike (pictured)
It was soon discovered that each of the pirated companies used the Mapbox service, a start-up company based in San Francisco that provides customized online maps for websites and applications that also include Foursquare, Lonely Planet and Evernote.
More than 420 million people around the world use maps created by the company. But Mapbox was not directly pirated.
Crowsource mapping data from the OpenStreetMap company, which describes itself as "a collaborative project to create an editable and free world map".
MapBox calls OpenStreetMap the Wikipedia of maps.
"It's a project founded on the belief that when data is open, everyone can work together to build a map," the company explains on its website.
Applications ranging from Jump Bikes (left) to Snapchat (right) were affected in piracy
The Zillow real estate website (pictured) was also affected by piracy on Thursday
& # 39; Anyone can quickly add roads and buildings to keep up with a changing path & # 39;
A Snapchat spokesman revealed on Thursday that OpenStreetMap had been vandalized.
"Snap Map, similar to other applications, is based on third-party mapping data from OpenStreetMap," Buzzfeed said in a statement.
"This disfigurement is deeply offensive and totally contrary to our values, and we want to apologize to any member of our community who has seen it."
"We are working with our partner Mapbox to fix this as quickly as possible."
It was soon discovered that each of the pirated companies used the Mapbox service (pictured), a newly created company that provides personalized online maps for websites and applications. MapBox sources from OpenStreetMap, directly affected by the vandal
Mapbox also posted a statement, saying that his team "deleted and deleted". the label & # 39; Jewtropolis & # 39; In an hour.
"Mapbox has a zero tolerance policy against hate speech and any malicious modification on our map," the statement said.
"The malicious edition was made by a source who tried several more hate editions, and our security team has confirmed that there were no additional successful attempts."
A vandal in OpenStreetMap previously renamed & # 39; Jewtropolis & # 39; of New York earlier this month, but it is not clear if Thursday's piracy was made by the same person.
The first vandal also changed the names of the streets to "Donald Trump Avenue", "Zionist Cannibal Drive", "Pedophile Bridge", "Adolf Hitler Boulevard" and " # 39; and & # 39; S ** tload Circuit & # 39; S