WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app. You must be using the WhatsApp to stay connected with your friends, colleague, and others. WhatsApp is arsenal has many features, making it inaccurate with a but that displays the phone number of the WhatsApp user in Google search results. Today I am explaining to you about WhatsApp number might appear in Google Search. Read this post till the end to know more about this.
You must be knowing that WhatsApp has a feature click to chat features in it. You can chat with anyone without saving his number in your contact list. There is a bug in WhatsApp click to chat feature, Bug-bounty hunter Athul Jayaram told Theatpost. This is endangering the phone numbers of users of the social messaging site at a risk by allowing Google search to index them.
Here you read full details about how it happens
This will allow anyone to search anyone users phone number on the web. Also putting them privacy at great risk. This bug is found on 23 May by the researcher. After discovering the bug they contacted Facebook through his bug-bounty program. While the company responded and said the WhatsApp was not involved in the abuse program of the data of the company.
The user who use these features to connect with websites can show up in Google search results because the search indexes the metadata of the features Jayaram says. The users WhatsApp number display in google as plain text in the URL https://wa.me/ <phone number>. To compile the lists of the valid phone numbers is easy for scammers the bug bounty hunter says.
The scammer can use this information to access the profile of the users. Google search only traced the phone number of the user. It doesn’t identify users of the social messaging site.