The data of 500 million WhatsApp users has reportedly been stolen and put up for sale. Large numbers of people in Germany are also affected.
Munich – giant messenger The WhatsApp It sends encrypted messages and thus has a reputation among users for being particularly secure. Now, according to a report by cybernews.com However, you have come to the great Gao. Data of 500 million customers is said to have been stolen, including mobile phone numbers.
According to the report, unknown people are currently offering users’ mobile phone numbers for sale on a well-known hacking website. According to the seller, the data comes from 84 countries, including the USA. Egyptian users are said to be particularly hard hit, with 45 million datasets originating. It is said that there are more than 6 million mobile phone numbers from Germany as well.
WhatsApp: Hacker reportedly stole 500 million cell phone numbers – six million in Germany alone
Cybernews compared the data and found the story likely to be true. The hacker provided sample cell phone numbers and lo and behold: all the numbers were actually on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp leak: Meta is silent at first
Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, which also owns Facebook, did not comment when asked.
Leaked phone numbers could be for Marketing, phishing and fraud purposes. And it gets worse if Meta’s safety precautions aren’t actually enough.