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Data of 500 million WhatsApp users might get leaked, data might go on sale

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Data of 500 million WhatsApp users might get leaked, data might go on sale

As reported by Cybernews, an ad has appeared on a hacking community forum that claims to sell the phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users.

WhatsApp is probably the most used social messaging application today worldwide. However, few people know that the platform has sometimes been targeted by cybercriminals. As reported by Cybernews, an ad has appeared on a hacking community forum that claims to sell the phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users.

The seller on the hacking community forum claims to sell 487 million mobile phone numbers of WhatsApp users. The data is said to be from a database from 2022 and it includes users from 84 countries. Countries include the US, UK, Italy, Egypt as well as India. The seller also claims that the phone number in the database belongs to an active WhatsApp user.

Data details

According to the report, sellers are selling US datasets for $7000 while UK and German datasets are available for $2500 and $2000 respectively. However, the seller did not specify how they obtained the data. It is expected that the data was obtained due to a violation of WhatsApp’s Terms of Service.

The seller has revealed that about 32 million user records in the US are under threat. In the same way, about 45 million users are from Egypt while 35 million are from Italy. Others include 29 million from Saudi Arabia, 20 million from France and more than 11 million Britons. It is thought that the data of about 10 million Russians is also at stake.

This is not the first time the data of millions of users has been threatened. In a recent attack (2021) on Facebook, the data of more than 500 million users was threatened.

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Data of 500 million WhatsApp users might get leaked, data might go on sale

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I am passionate about journalism and using new technology to spread news. I am also interested in politics and economics, and I am always looking for ways to make a difference in the world. I am the CEO of Janaseva News, and I am 24 years old.

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