WhatsApp date leak: Refrain from calls, messages from unknown numbers as 500 million user records 'for sale'
WhatsApp date date leak: In what may come out to be the biggest data breaches, the phone numbers of at least 500 million WhatsApp users have been "put on sale online".
According to a report by Cybernews, an actor posted an ad on a hacking community forum and claimed that "it is selling a 2022 database of 487 million WhatsApp user mobile numbers".
Who all at risk?
The WhatsApp database comprises phone numbers from 84 different countries, including US, UK, Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia and even India. The information is often used for phishing attacks.
The general public is hereby advised to refrain from calls and messages from unknown numbers.
The report claims that the threat actor is selling the US dataset for $7,000 (approx. ₹5,71,690). The cost for the UK and Germany datasets is $2,500 (approx. ₹2,04,175) and $2,000 (approx. ₹1,63,340), respectively.