WhatsApp Numbers Up To 500 Million Users For Sale, Twitter Data Of 5.4 Million Users Leaked Online: Reports
WhatsApp’s mobile phone number database of around 487 million users has reportedly been put up for sale on a hacking community forum. These numbers are said to be of WhatsApp users from 84 countries, from a recent database. The hacker reportedly used a technique called scraping to collect the personal information of these WhatsApp users. Meanwhile, data from an earlier Twitter data breach was released online. The leak is said to include users’ personal information including Twitter account and account name, username, location, phone numbers and email addresses.
according to Report By Cybernews, a user posted an ad on a popular hacking forum for selling mobile phone numbers for about 487 million The WhatsApp users. The hacker claims to have obtained a database of more than 32 million numbers of US users which is priced at $7,000 (roughly Rs. 570,000), as per the report.
Likewise, figures for about 45 million users in Egypt and about 35 million users in Italy are also for sale. The post claims that it was able to obtain and verify the UK 1097 and US 817 numbers from the hacker. the person may have been used A technique called scraping, to gather public information, to get these numbers. The report notes that these leaked phone numbers can inevitably be used for marketing, phishing, impersonation, and fraud purposes.
The claim written on Cybernews is based on unsubstantiated screenshots. A WhatsApp spokesperson told Gadgets 360 that there is no evidence of a “data leak” from WhatsApp.
Meanwhile, the data is about 5.4 million Twitter Users that have been put up for sale earlier this year It has now been leaked on an online forum.
according to Report By BleepingComputer, Twitter may have suffered a larger data breach, which could affect more users. This new data breach may contain information of tens of millions of Twitter users, including their personal phone numbers, according to the report. It may have happened due to the same API bug that triggered the previous leak. This information was reported open By security analyst Chad Lauder on Twitter. However, the researcher’s account was suspended, apparently forcing Loder to upload Incomplete details on the mastodon.
BleepingComputer says it was able to obtain data dumps for 1,377,132 French mobile phone numbers included in the alleged Twitter data breach. Notably, these numbers were not included in previously sold data for the 5.4 million Twitter users. The new data breach is said to involve several files divided by country and region codes, including Europe, the USA and Israel. It may generally consist of more than 17 million leaked records.