The hacker claims that the database contains information of 32 million WhatsApp customers from the USA (US), over 11 million customers from the UK (UK), and practically 10 million customers from Russia. It additionally contains a big chunk of cellphone numbers belonging to residents from Italy (35 million), Turkey (20 million), France (20 million), Egypt (45 million), and Saudi Arabia (29 million).
The Cybernews report added that over 6 million WhatsApp customers from India may be in danger on account of this knowledge breach. The report additionally revealed that the hacker is promoting the US dataset for $7,000, the UK dataset for $2,500, and the Germany dataset for $2,000.
When contacted by Cybernews, the hacker reportedly shared 1,097 UK and 817 US person numbers as a pattern of knowledge. Cybernews then investigated these numbers and confirmed that every one of them are WhatsApp customers.
Nevertheless, a WhatsApp spokesperson denied the alleged knowledge breach and mentioned that the report was “primarily based on unsubstantiated screenshots.” The spokesperson added, “The declare written on Cybernews relies on unsubstantiated screenshots. There isn’t any proof of a ‘knowledge leak’ from WhatsApp.”
Meta-owned platforms have confronted such knowledge breaches previously. Within the yr 2021, the non-public knowledge of greater than 500 million Fb customers, together with cellphone numbers and different particulars, was allegedly leaked. This included 6 million information from India. In 2019, the non-public knowledge of 49 million Instagram customers and 419 million Fb customers have been leaked.