About 32 million phone numbers from the US have been revealed.
The most recent data hack in India has impacted over 6 million WhatsApp users. Millions of users' data from various nations, including Egypt, the UK, Italy, France, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and more, have also had their data exposed.
The threat actor claimed to be selling the US dataset for $7,000, the UK dataset for $2,500, and the German dataset for $2,000, according to Cybernews.
The news source affirms the validity of the leaked WhatsApp numbers despite the lack of details regarding how the data was obtained.
Head of the Cybernews research team, Mantas Sasnauskas, said “In this age, we all leave a sizable digital footprint – and tech giants like Meta should take all precautions and means to safeguard that data. We should ask whether an added clause of 'scraping or platform abuse is not permitted in the Terms and Conditions' is enough. Threat actors don't care about those terms, so companies should take rigorous steps to mitigate threats and prevent platform abuse from a technical standpoint.”
When Cybernews contacted Meta, the parent company of WhatsApp, there was no quick answer - they are still waiting for a response to this.