WhatsApp Web Phone Numbers, Mp4 Files Leaked on Google Search

Mobile phone numbers and mp4 files of WhatsApp web users are appearing in Google searches.
Mehab Qureshi
Tech and Auto
Updated:
An expert suggested that the data leak is bigger this time because phone numbers and mp4 files of several users are being displayed on the internet. Image used for representation.  | (Photo: iStock)
An expert suggested that the data leak is bigger this time because phone numbers and mp4 files of several users are being displayed on the internet. Image used for representation. 

In a major data breach, Cyber Security expert Rajashekhar Rajaharia has alleged that Whatsapp web users’ data has been leaked on Google search. This comes a week after WhatsApp group chat links were also reportedly leaked on Google.

This time the data includes WhatsApp phone numbers and Whatsapp mp4 files. Although mp4 files are encrypted and cannot be opened, the phone numbers are easily available via simple indexing on Google search.

Why Is It happening?

According to Rajaharia, these phone numbers are being indexed by Google despite Whatsapp using automated instruction files, which should ideally prevent Google to crawl these files on Google search.

What Does It Mean?

It means that you are at the risk of attracting cyber criminals and spammers who might be looking to access your data.

Rajaharia told The Quint, "Users should only chat with people who are in their address book because the data that is being leaked is of unsaved contacts."

The data leak is bigger this time because phone numbers and mp4 files of several users are being displayed on the internet
Cyber Security Expert,  Rajashekhar Rajaharia
WhatsApp phone numbers leaked on Google

The Quint independently verified that several contact numbers have been indexed by Google, which has resulted in a major privacy breach. The Quint also tried reaching out to WhatsApp seeking clarification, but no contact could be established.

Earlier last week, private group chats were being leaked online and WhatsApp has requested Google to stop indexing such private details. However, the issue seems to be persistent.

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Published: 19 Jan 2021,01:09 PM IST

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