5.4 million Dutch WhatsApp phone numbers offered for sale

At least 5.4 million Dutch telephone numbers from WhatsApp have been leaked and made available on a forum. In total, 533 million numbers are on the street, from many dozens of countries, about half of all 1 billion WhatsApp users.

The WhatsApp database vendor shared a sample of data with researchers from Cybernews. There were 1097 UK and 817 US user numbers in the shared sample.

As far as is known, the data was not stolen, but collected, just as happened with 500 million LinkedIn profiles that were shared on a hacker forum. It is not clear when they were collected.

Cybercriminals could use the phone numbers for spam and scams.


Source: Nieuws – Emerce by www.emerce.nl.

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