There is a big flaw in WhatsApp.
Your private chat is being accessed through Google search on WhatsApp, after which the unknown person gets access to your group name and profile photo.
- January 11, 2021, 9:50 AM IST
Gadget 360, citing Internet security researcher Rajasekhar Rajaharia, has stated that those who use links to interconnect WhatsApp groups are once again in danger of being found online. By doing this, anyone can enter the private chat of the user.
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Your @WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are. WhatsApp Group Chat Invite Links, User Profiles Made Public Again on @Google Again.Story – https://t.co/GK2KrCtm8J#Infosec #Privacy #WhatsApp #infosecurity #CyberSecurity #GDPR #DataSecurity #dataprotection pic.twitter.com/7PvLYuM9xD
– Rajshekhar Rajaharia (@rajaharia) January 10, 2021
After enabling the index for WhatsApp Groups, these links can be searched and joined for private groups all over the web. This allows the searcher to get the profile photo and phone number of another. Although it is not known when WhatsApp started Chat Invite on Google to index the group, but the report says that there are about 1,500 group invite links in Google search.
Unknown person can hide himself
For this, the members of the group are unable to see that unknown person, so that the unknown person can hide himself for some time. The biggest drawback in this is that even if the unknown person is removed from the group, his brief entry with his phone number will remain in the list.
A similar flaw was spotted in 2019 by a security researcher, which was later reported to Facebook. It was fixed at that time. For information, let us know that this problem is not only coming with group invoice links, but also with single user account profile. The URL of people’s profile can be searched on Google.
This allows the unknown person to access the indexed profile, which contains the user’s phone number and in some cases their phone number. This flaw of WhatsApp has also been revealed earlier, and it was reported in 2020, after which it was rectified in June 2020.