Last month, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly stated,WhatsApp is more private and secure than iMessagebecause WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption on Android and iOS, while iMessage uses insecure SMS when sending messages to Android devices.
But now this matter has been completely slapped in the face.According to the latest news, Cybernews discovered that a hacker was openly selling contracts from 84 countries and regions on a certain forum. Phone numbers of 487 million WhatsApp users。
Of the 487 million mobile phone numbers, more than 32 million are from the United States, 45 million from Egypt, 5 million from Italy, 29 million from Saudi Arabia, 20 million from France and Turkey, and 10 million phone numbers from Russian users, and more than 11 million are British users.
It is reported that WhatsApp has about 2 billion users and is one of the largest messaging platforms in the world. This means that the leaked database contains the phone numbers of nearly a quarter of WhatsApp users worldwide.
In fact, this is not the first time Meta has been exposed to data breaches. In September of this year, it was reported that Meta was fined 405 million euros (about 2.8 billion yuan) by the Irish data privacy regulator for failing to properly handle the privacy data of teenagers. The agency questioned Instagram’s ability to allow businesses to obtain private data on teens aged 13 to 17, including emails and phone numbers associated with their accounts.
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