WhatsApp data leak: 500 million user records for sale; is it really a leak?

Jurgita Lapienytė reports:

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).

Read more at CyberNews.

DataBreaches notes that they report that they obtained a sample and verified that the data is from actual WhatsApp accounts. But at the same time, “UndertheBreach” of Hudson Rock reports on infosec.exchange:

The breach rumors that are circulating are false.

This is a sample I received, they basically scraped all numbers to see if there is a Whatsapp account for them or not.

List of numbers

No real risk here..

It would help if Meta responded to the situation by explaining it from their perspective.

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