‘No evidence of data leak’: WhatsApp denies data breach of 500 million users


WhatsApp data breach: Instant messaging app WhatsApp today denied data leaked from its servers. WhatsApp said the data breach report was based on unsubstantiated screenshots. WhatsApp’s allegations came after multiple platforms reported that the data of some 500 million of his WhatsApp users had been allegedly leaked and could be for sale. In response, a WhatsApp spokesperson said: “Allegations made by Cybernews are based on unsubstantiated screenshots. There is no evidence of a ‘data leak’ from WhatsApp.”

Previous reports have alleged that WhatsApp, which is considered a secure platform due to its end-to-end encryption features, had a data breach that endangered about 500 million users.

Digital media platform Mashable India has reported that someone hacked WhatsApp and obtained the personal information of around 500 million users, according to a recent allegation from Cybernews.

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An actor allegedly promoted the sale of personal information, including mobile phone numbers, of more than 487 million WhatsApp users on a hacker site. The list states that the user data consists of his 32 million US users and comes from 84 other countries, including Egypt, Italy, Saudi Arabia, France and Turkey.

Stolen phone numbers can be used for spoofing, phishing, and other fraudulent activities. Whatsapp’s parent company, Meta, has not yet responded to the update.

According to Mashable India, the US WhatsApp user database sells for US$7,000. This is much higher than the US$2,500 and US$2,000 for UK and German user data charges respectively.