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49 Crore WhatsApp numbers for sale after a huge data leakage

WhatsApp has about 200 million users as it offers messaging as well as audio-video calling. Users phone number is very important to use this app owned by Meta. Because, through the phone number, known and unknown people can communicate with each other on WhatsApp. Recently, cybercriminals have stolen the phone numbers of more than 48.7 million WhatsApp users. They have also advertised on online forums of hackers to sell this information. As a result, the information security of WhatsApp users is at risk, Cyber ​​News said in a report.

According to Cyber ​​News, the phone numbers of WhatsApp users in 84 countries are in the hands of cybercriminals. This huge database contains the information of 30.5 million users in Italy, 20.9 million users in Saudi Arabia, 3.2 million users in the United States, 1.1 million users in the United Kingdom and 10 million users in Russia.

No specifics are known about how cybercriminals gained access to this data repository. Cybercriminals can use leaked phone numbers to send spam mails as well as conduct phishing attacks. Not only that, it can also take control of the WhatsApp account. Besides, it is assumed that the activities of the users can be monitored.

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