The phone numbers of 487 million active WhatsApp users in 84 countries were put up for sale on a hacker community forum last week. about 8 million people Brazilians in the list of leaked data🇧🇷

reported the leak cyber news🇧🇷 The information is believed to have been obtained by scraping.Large-scale collection of information that violates Messenger’s Terms of Service.

In addition to users from Brazil, the leaked figures also include: More than 32 million from the USA, 45 million from Egypt, 35 million from Italy, 29 million from Saudi Arabia, 20 million from France and Turkey, each, more than 10 million from Russia and more than 11 million from England.

WhatsApp has around 2 billion users worldwide, representing 25% or a quarter of the total people on the app. This means that with the number of potential victims, cybercriminals are more likely to launch a successful attack.

Learn how to protect yourself

Scammers can initiate anything from spam to voice phishing, doxing, cyberbullying, blackmail and blackmail. “At the moment, the biggest risk is targeted phishing scams, in addition to possible SIM swap attacks,” said Fabio Assolini, head of Kaspersky’s Latin America Global Research and Analysis Team.

The security company also highlighted helpful tips for protecting yourself from potential scams:

  • Hide your data from everyone except those in your contact list in privacy settings.
  • Be careful and watch out for calls and messages from unknown numbers.
  • Enable two-factor authentication so scammers don’t misuse your number.
  • Never open any suspicious links posted by anyone as there may be malicious files attached or they may directly redirect you to some fake content.

Source: Tec Mundo

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