WhatsApp may have exposed users’ phone numbers on Google search: Report

Facebook-owned fast messaging platform WhatsApp might have uncovered its users’ cellphone variety on Google search owing to a vulnerability in its ‘click to share’ attribute. The mobile numbers of customers are accessible on Google search in plain textual content format, in accordance to an independent cybersecurity researcher Athul Jayaram.

“WhatsApp internet portal has leaked around 29,000 – 3,00,000 WhatsApp user’s mobile numbers in plain textual content available to any internet consumer. What helps make this locating quick or appears to be straightforward is that info is available on the open up internet and not on the dim internet,” wrote Jayaram in his blogpost that was described by Threatpost.

He extra, “This privacy difficulty could have been prevented if Whatsapp encrypted the consumer mobile numbers as nicely as by incorporating a robots.txt file disallowing the bots from crawling their area and a meta noindex tag on the pages. Sad to say,

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