WhatsApp Private Groups Reachable to Anyone via Google Search Results
Anyone can easily detect and join a private WhatsApp group through Google search results. And this is not the first time such an issue has been addressed.
In February last year, some public groups on WhatsApp, along with chats and member details, started showing up on Google search results.
Although the problem was fixed later and the groups were removed from the search results, some WhatsApp groups and profiles have started showing up again, ac
cording to cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia.
It is said to be even worse this time as users' contact details along with their profile pictures are also visible. It can be easily accessed through the URL of the group and they can join by simply searching it on Google.
Cyber security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia, also mentioned that WhatsApp is not using the robots.txt file for chat.whatsapp.com subdomain, which is why some 5,000 profiles are said to have been made public for now.