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Nov 25 - WhatsApp data leak: 500 million user records for sale
 

 
On November 16, an actor posted an ad on a well-known hacking community forum, claiming they were selling a 2022 database of 487 million WhatsApp user mobile numbers.

The dataset allegedly contains WhatsApp user data from 84 countries. Threat actor claims there are over 32 million US user records included.

Another huge chunk of phone numbers belongs to the citizens of Egypt (45 million), Italy (35 million), Saudi Arabia (29 million), France (20 million), and Turkey (20 million).

The dataset for sale also allegedly has nearly 10 million Russian and over 11 million UK citizens' phone numbers.

The threat actor told Cybernews they were selling the US dataset for $7,000, the UK – $2,500, and Germany – $2,000.

Such information is mostly used by attackers for smishing and vishing attacks, so we recommend users to remain wary of any calls from unknown numbers, unsolicited calls and messages.

WhatsApp is reported to have more than two billion monthly active users globally.

Upon request, the seller of WhatsApp's database shared a sample of data with Cybernews researchers. There were 1097 UK and 817 US user numbers in the shared sample.

Cybernews investigated all the numbers included in the sample and managed to confirm that all of them are, in fact, WhatsApp users.

The seller did not specify how they obtained the database, suggesting they “used their strategy” to collect the data, and a*sured Cybernews all the numbers in the instance belong to active WhatsApp users.

Cybernews reached out to WhatsApp’s parent company, Meta, but received no immediate response. We will update the article as soon as we learn more.

The information on WhatsApp users could be obtained by harvesting information at scale, also known as scraping, which violates WhatsApp’s Terms of Service.

This claim is purely speculative. However, quite often, massive data dumps posted online turn out to be obtained by scraping

Meta itself, long criticized for letting third parties scrape or collect user data, saw over 533 million user records leaked on a dark forum. The actor was sharing the dataset practically for free.

Days after a massive Facebook data leak made the headlines, an archive containing data purportedly scraped from 500 million LinkedIn profiles had been put for sale on a popular hacker forum.

Leaked phone numbers could be used for marketing purposes, phishing, impersonation, and fraud.

“In this age, we all leave a sizeable digital footprint – and tech giants like Meta should take all precautions and means to safeguard that data,” head of Cybernews research team Mantas Sasnauskas said. “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.”

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 2 months ago '16        #2
00010111  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 2 months ago '05        #3
bobbysteels18  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x42
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The threat actor told Cybernews they were selling the US dataset for $7,000, the UK – $2,500, and Germany – $2,000.
That's it they must be on drugs
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 2 months ago '04        #4
scarlaf0n 
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weird, because Meta also putting an add a couple of month ago, about the data being encrypted. This is not good for them, after throwing subs at Apple on top of it

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 2 months ago '16        #5
00010111  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 scarlaf0n said
weird, because Meta also putting an add a couple of month ago, about the data being encrypted. This is not good for them, after throwing subs at Apple on top of it

Messages are encrypted but ‘hackers’ can still figure out which numbers are linked to WhatsApp users.
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 2 months ago '09        #6
ahmadou1  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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As long as the messages are encrypted this isn't a big deal.
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 2 months ago '22        #7
Jason Weaver  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 00010111;61867801[QUOTE said
]On November 16, an actor posted an ad on a well-known hacking community forum,

What is this well known community

 scarlaf0n said
weird, because Meta also putting an add a couple of month ago, about the data being encrypted. This is not good for them, after throwing subs at Apple on top of it

I remember Trump and his family used WhattsApp to communicate about official business and stressed to the public it was encrypted.

If they got hacked that would open a whole new can of worms
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 2 months ago '22        #8
Voodoopocalypse  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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whatsapp rabbit hole
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 2 months ago '16        #9
00010111  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8 OP
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 TheLoiterer said
I don’t communicate with foreigners so this doesn’t affect me.
You never leave the States? Is that something to brag on?
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 2 months ago '04        #10
JJH35  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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[quote=Jason Weaver;61869871]
 00010111;61867801


[B said
What is this well known community[/B]

I remember Trump and his family used WhattsApp to communicate about official business and stressed to the public it was encrypted.

If they got hacked that would open a whole new can of worms
Was posted on Breached and deleted (breached is the new iteration of raidforums, and keeps changing domains, from .co to .to, to I think .vc now)

not my screenshot, so I didn't redact the sh*t.


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 2 months ago '11        #11
UrDoinGood  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 TheLoiterer said
I don’t communicate with foreigners over welfare apps so this doesn’t affect me.

 2 months ago '04        #12
7twelve  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Signal>>>
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 2 months ago '05        #13
ice wolf  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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 ahmadou1 said
As long as the messages are encrypted this isn't a big deal.
100%

Encrypted data is just a bunch of gobbily goop

 2 months ago '21        #14
RJ Watkins 
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 TheLoiterer said
I don’t communicate with foreigners over welfare apps so this doesn’t affect me.
how many threads is your dumb a*s gonna cut and paste this bullsh*t?
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 2 months ago '18        #15
KdenIII 
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I get spam calls all day already, I could care less but if some class action happens then I'll pretend to care deeply
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 2 months ago '07        #16
Deniro732  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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n*ggas better not have my sh*t
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 2 months ago '12        #17
TheConnect  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x10
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Trash Zucks

We should be able to sue this man into the ground...dumb bi*ch
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 2 months ago '18        #18
0msoc 
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 bobbysteels18 said
That's it they must be on drugs
Or it could be meta trying to recoup money that zuck flushed down the sh*tter, in amounts that won't raise too many alarms.

 2 months ago '04        #19
Javon23  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x25
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fu*k Meta
Free my Facebook account
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 2 months ago '16        #20
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 2 months ago '20        #21
DrDisrespect 
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This why I prefer n*ggas to call me or Text me
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 2 months ago '05        #22
ice wolf  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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All the hackers are doing are selling your name, country of residence and cell phone number.

Your WhatsApp convos are not being sold in the black market.

They sell your phone numbers to hackers, so watch out for any phishing attempts, suspicious phone calls, social engineering attempts, etc.
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 2 months ago '04        #23
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Most escorts on there

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 2 months ago '04        #24
scarlaf0n 
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[quote=JJH35;61873865]
 Jason Weaver said

Was posted on Breached and deleted (breached is the new iteration of raidforums, and keeps changing domains, from .co to .to, to I think .vc now)

not my screenshot, so I didn't redact the sh*t.


lmao, they put Africa... I hope they mean South Africa.

On another note, 44m users in Egypt

 2 months ago '20        #25
Xiox  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 Voodoopocalypse said
whatsapp rabbit hole
What about Signal & Telegram ?



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