All Your Travel Plans, Foodie Discussion, & Private Conversations On WhatsApp At-risk. Data Of 500 M Users Breached

by Sanjana Shenoy 96

Do you start WhatsApp groups to discuss Goa plans with your gang? Do you have foodie discussions with your bestie on WhatsApp about the best brunch spot in town to catch up? Well, as travel enthusiasts and foodies you’re definitely super active on WhatsApp for your plans. But perhaps, not anymore. This is because your private conversation on WhatsApp is at-risk as 500 million users across the world (including India) face data breaches. Here’s more about it.

Over 500 Million Whatsapp Users Across Globe Face Data Breach

According to a report by Cybernews, 500 million WhatsApp users from 84 countries across the globe, including India have faced a data breach. Their data has been up for sale online. Countries ranging from India, the USA, Kuwait, Italy, France, and Turkey to Denmark are affected by this data breach by the Meta-owned platform.


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So, 25 per cent of the total 2 billion WhatsApp users across the world have been affected by the data breach. In India itself, 61 lakh people’s data has been put up for sale online. This is shocking and truly a massive breach of data and privacy. With these numbers sold, you could be bait for marketing and phishing purposes. So, be careful.

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 Instagram Users Faced Increasing Hacking Concerns Lately

And it’s not just WhatsApp, Meta-owned Instagram has also come under the radar for a lot of hacking cases. A source revealed that a Bangalore police station thronged with victims of Instagram hacking cases. It’s indeed a matter of concern that Meta-owned platforms like WhatsApp, Instagram and even Facebook are facing hacking, data breach and other issues.

We hope, Meta takes quick action to ensure it offers its users a secure platform devoid of data breaches and other concerns that put their privacy at risk.

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