WhatsApp users’ phone numbers have been indexed on Google search.
Numbers of WhatsApp users are present in the open search on Google as a result of WhatsApp Web URL. This puts the risk of users getting caught in the scams like spam and cyber attacks ..
- Last Updated:January 19, 2021, 9:35 AM IST
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the number of users are present in the open search on Google as a result of WhatsApp Web URL. This means that if you are using WhatsApp on your PC web browser, then your contact can come publicly in Google search scroll.
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This puts users at risk of getting caught in the fraud like spam and cyber attacks. According to News18, smokers in India are using WhatsApp OTP URL to make people a victim of online fraud. According to News18, it is quite easy to modify these WhatsApp OTP URLs. Experts say that through this financial scam, blackmail and many other nefarious activities can be carried out by scammers.Conversation with cyber security researcher
Independent cyber security researcher Rajasekhar Rajaharia has confirmed to News18 that public number listings are available on Google. Along with this, News18 itself has verified that a large number of public domain Google URLs of users’ WhatsApp have been indexed on Google. With this, any user can get access to your contact.
Rajaharia claimed that WhatsApp is using an automated instruction file for instructions that do not index Google’s links. This still appears to be a persistent privacy issue.
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Some users told News18 that they have received unknown login OTPs, which means that unauthorized users are trying to gain access to their WhatsApp account. Let me tell you that before WhatsApp group’s messages were leaked on Google, in such a situation, anyone could search WhatsApp group on Google and read your chat and join your private group. Due to this mistake of WhatsApp, all the numbers of the WhatsApp group of people were also made public, on which WhatsApp also gave an explanation.