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    https://cybernews.com/news/whatsapp-data-leak/

    Someone is allegedly selling up-to-date mobile phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users. A data sample investigated by Cybernews likely confirms this to be true.

    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…

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

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