50 crore user data is up for sale in the market, Image: File
Hackers hacked the data of about 50 crore WhatsApp users across the world and offered it for sale on the black market.
According to the global news agency, hackers have allegedly obtained phone numbers of around 50 crore WhatsApp users from 84 countries and recently put this database up for sale on a hacking community forum.
It is worth noting that around 2 billion people are currently using the WhatsApp platform. This means that the leaked database contains the phone numbers of a quarter of WhatsApp users.
Among the hacked numbers are 32 million American, 45 million Egyptian, 50 million Italian, 29 million Saudi, 11 million British and 10 million Russian phone numbers belonging to the phone numbers.
According to CyberNews, the vendors of these numbers did not explain how they obtained the database, but claimed that they used their own tactics to gather the data.
On the other hand, analysts say, the hackers didn’t technically “hack” WhatsApp, but rather collected the data through “web scraping,” which involves running an automated script to check which web pages the numbers are being used for.
There is no way to know if your phone number is in this database. Although Mark Zuckerberg says that WhatsApp is still very secure, users can go to WhatsApp settings and “last seen” message. And “Online” and “Profile photo” and “About” can be protected from hacking by changing it to “Contacts only”.
Mark Zuckerberg did not say when the data of WhatsApp users for sale in the market was compromised and what steps the company took to address it.