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Data of 500 million WhatsApp users leaked, available for sale online: Report

WhatsApp Data Leak: Someone is reportedly selling up-to-date mobile numbers of around 500 million WhatsApp users. A data sample examined by CyberNews likely confirms this to be true. The latest WhatsApp data leak has reportedly affected as many as 80 countries, including Russia, Italy, Egypt, Brazil, Spain, and more. The list also includes India.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

New Delhi: An actor posted an advertisement on a famous hacking community forum on November 16, claiming that they are selling a 2022 database of around 500 million WhatsApp user mobile numbers. This dataset reportedly includes data of WhatsApp users from 84 countries. The actor claims that it contains a record of more than 32 million US users.

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Another large portion of the phone numbers belong to citizens of Egypt (45 million), Italy (35 million), Saudi Arabia (29 million), France (20 million) and Turkey (20 million). The dataset for sale also reportedly contains the phone numbers of around 10 million Russians and over 11 million UK citizens. The threat actors told CyberNews they were selling the US dataset for $7,000, the UK for $2,500 and Germany for $2,000.

Such information is mostly used by attackers for smishing and vishing attacks, so we advise users to be careful of any calls from unknown numbers, unwanted calls and messages. WhatsApp has over two billion active users globally.

However, the hacker did not specify how they obtained the data.

This is not the first instance that a Meta-owned platform has been hit by a data breach. Last year, the personal data of over 500 million Facebook users, including 6 million records from India, was allegedly leaked. The leaked data then included phone numbers and other details.

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