Private WhatsApp groups are easily accessible to public – DW

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Private WhatsApp groups are easily accessible to the public, searches revealed on Friday.

WhatsApp’s “invite to group via link” feature is meant to allow people to share access to their private groups with other people. However, the feature appears to have been indexed by Google’s search engine.

Thousands of WhatsApp groups — including private ones — are visible and can be joined after an internet search.

DW‘s Jordan Wildon discovered the bug on Friday. “Your WhatsApp groups may not be as secure as you think they are,” he tweeted.

 

Via DW 

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