WhatsApp denies 500 mn users data leak

New Delhi, Nov 28 : Meta-owned WhatsApp on Monday denied that phone numbers of 487 million users have been stolen and put on sale on a "well-known" hacking community forum. Cybernews first reported that the dataset allegedly contains WhatsApp user data from 84 countries and phone numbers of over 32 million users from the US, 11 million from the UK, and 10 million from Russia. "The claim written on Cybernews is based on unsubstantiated screenshots. There is no evidence of a 'data leak' from WhatsApp," a company spokesperson told IANS. The purported list is a set of phone numbers and not "WhatsApp user information". According to the report, the hacker claimed to have a significant number of phone numbers belonging to the citizens of Egypt (45 million), Italy (35 million), Saudi Arabia (29 million), France (20 million), and Turkey (20 million). The hacker was selling the US dataset for $7,000, the UK for $2,500, and Germany for $2,000, according to the report. Cybernews researchers were able to get in touch with the hacker. Upon investigation, the researchers found that all of them were active WhatsApp users. However, the hacker did not specify how they obtained the data, suggesting they "used their strategy," and that all the numbers belong to WhatsApp users, said the report. This database can be used by hackers for spamming, phishing attempts, identity theft, and other cybercriminal activities, the report had said. /IANS


Google employees protest against job cuts, low pay in US
San Francisco, Feb 3 : Google employees staged protests in the US this week to call attention to labour conditions for sub-contracted workers and to s

Netflix, GM partner to include more EVs in shows, movies
San Francisco, Feb 3 : Streaming giant Netflix has announced that it has partnered with American automaker General Motors (GM) to include more electri

Thousands of Salesforce employees just came to know they ve been sacked
New Delhi, Feb 3 : Several Salesforce employees just came to know that they have been fired, as the company began laying off 7,000 workers or 10 per c