The numbers of WhatsApp users are present as the result of WhatsApp Web URL in open search on Google. Due to this there is a risk of users getting caught in hoaxes like spam and cyber attacks.
- Last Updated:January 19, 2021, 9:49 AM IST
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that the number of users is present in the open search on Google as the result of WhatsApp Web URL. This means that if you are using WhatsApp on your PC web browser, then your contact may appear publicly in the Google search scroll.
(Also read- Great opportunity! Buy Realme 64 megapixel 4 camera phone very cheaply, will get 6GB RAM)This puts users at risk of falling prey to hoaxes such as spam and cyber attacks. According to News18, smugglers in India are making people a victim of online fraud by using WhatsApp OTP URL. According to News18, it is quite easy to modify these WhatsApp OTP URLs. Experts say that through this scammers can carry out financial scams, blackmail and many other nefarious activities.
Interview with cyber security researcher
Independent cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajahariya has confirmed to News18 that there is a public number listing on Google. Along with this, News18 itself has verified that the web URL numbers of WhatsApp users have been indexed on a large number of public domains on Google. With this, any user can get access to your contact.
Rajaharia claimed that WhatsApp was using an automated instruction file for instructions that didn’t index Google’s links. This still appears to be a persistent privacy issue.
Some users told News18 that they have received unknown login OTPs, which means that unauthorized users are trying to gain access to their WhatsApp accounts. Let us tell you that earlier WhatsApp group messages were leaked on Google, so anyone could read your chat by searching WhatsApp group on Google and could also join your private group. Due to this mistake of WhatsApp, all the numbers of people’s WhatsApp group were also made public, on which WhatsApp also clarified.