WhatsApp users’ data is for sale


500 million WhatsApp users’ data is for sale, according to a report.

It’s noteworthy to note that there doesn’t appear to be any Indian user data in the big WhatsApp data leak, which involved over 500 million user records. 500 million WhatsApp users’ data is for sale, according to a report.

WhatsApp is typically regarded as a secure cross-platform instant messaging service that runs on practically any device thanks to technology like end-to-end encryption. But according to a recent allegation from Cybernews, someone managed to WhatsApp and acquired the personal information of almost 500 million users, which is now purportedly for sale.

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In a site, an actor allegedly advertised the sale of over 487 million WhatsApp users’ personal information, including their cell numbers. Additionally, the listing states that the user data comprises 32 million US users and comes from 84 other nations.

Additionally, user data from nations like Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia, France, and Turkey is include in the list of compromised data. It’s also intriguing that there are no user profiles from India on the list. The price of the US WhatsApp user database is $7,000. In comparison, the databases for the UK and Germany cost $2,500 and $2,000, respectively.

When cybernews asked for a sample, A tiny amount of data that includes user information for 1097 US phone numbers and 817 UK phone numbers. These stolen phone numbers may be use for impersonation, phishing, and other fraudulent operations.

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Meta has not yet replied to this update. Currently, it is believe that the 500 million WhatsApp users’ data was obtain through web harvesting or web scraping, which involves using an automate  data tool to gather information from a particular service in violation of WhatsApp’s terms of service.

Source: indianexpress

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