Following a report by the research-based online publication Cybernews, the phone numbers of 487 million WhatsApp users were stolen and sold on a “well-known” hacker community, along with information about 3.8 million Bangladeshi users.
The database, allegedly from 2022, has users from 84 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, and India. According to the hacker responsible for the assault, all of the numbers belong to WhatsApp users who look to be “active.”
Reportedly, the stolen information includes phone numbers for approximately 32 million US clients and 11.5 million UK members. The intrusion appears to have had the greatest impact on Egyptian users, with around 45 million people potentially in danger.
Furthermore, the hacker claims to have over 35 million Italian user phone numbers, almost 10 million Russian user phone numbers, and over 6 million Indian user phone numbers. With over two billion monthly active users globally, WhatsApp may have experienced one of the greatest data breaches in its history.
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