WhatsApp: Six million German mobile numbers stolen? | News

That would be the data meltdown!

According to a report by “Cybernews”, nearly 500 MILLION WhatsApp user data could have been stolen worldwide – including more than six million mobile phone numbers from Germany.

According to the portal, it examined a sample of data. Conclusion: The stranger who offered the data for sale on a hacker forum in mid-November is probably not bluffing. “Cybernews” checked 1097 numbers from Great Britain and 817 from the United States, “all of them are actually WhatsApp users”.

The WhatsApp mother Meta is silent so far

The industry service has asked WhatsApp mother Meta for an explanation, but the tech giant has remained silent so far.

In total, data from 84 countries was allegedly stolen. Egypt (almost 45 million users) was hardest hit, followed by Italy (35 million) and the US (32 million). With exactly 6,054,423 stolen phone numbers, Germany ranks 26th among the countries potentially affected.

It is not known how the hacker got the data. He told the portal that he was “using their strategy”. “Cybernews” therefore concludes that the criminal could have obtained the data by means of so-called scraping. Simply put, it involves reading and storing a large amount of information from an online application.

WhatsApp theft: Criminals use cell phone numbers for this purpose

Scraping is an explicit violation of WhatsApp’s terms of use. However, Mantas Sasnauskas, head of the research team “Cybernews”, criticized: “One has to wonder whether a scrape clause in the terms and conditions is enough.” Cybercriminals were not interested in such terms.

What is so dangerous about the skimmed cell phone numbers? Fraudsters can use them for their purposes, dubious companies can misuse them for marketing purposes.

According to the industry service, the Zuckerberg company Meta has been criticized in the past for allowing third parties to scrape user data. A few days ago, there was another case where 533 million Facebook data was published. You can read the “Cybernews” report here. (IA)

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