Hi Guys,

A hacker claims to have hacked Whatsapp and is selling data attached to nearly 500 million user accounts on a well-known hacking forum. I have spent most of the day analysing a snapshot of the data that is for sale, and I can confirm the following:

1) They do not have access to user chat logs – You can relax in that regard. Your data is safe.
2) They are selling the phone numbers and the names attached to each account in over 84 countries. Attackers could use this information for smishing and vishing attacks, so please be wary of any calls from unknown numbers, unsolicited calls and messages.
3) They do not have any other information.

I have read a few news stories that are very vague and give the reader the impression that their chat logs have been accessed, but this is scaremongering and is not true.

We are keeping a close eye on this story and will keep you posted on any further developments.

All the best,

Max Roberts,
Incognito Privacy Care Team.