Cyber Attack on WhatsApp leads to a 2-hour major outage


WhatsApp which is a Facebook-owned business subsidiary was out from service for a couple of hours on Wednesday. And as per our sources, the outage could have been caused by a possible cyber attack.

The service was down from 00:20 GMT+3 and was restored at around 2:20 GMT+3.

Although, Facebook choose to remain silent on this issue, some tech users on twitter suspected of a possible cyber attack which affected users from Europe, UK, US and some parts of Asia.

What’s astonishing in this issue is the fact that the outage was caused on the same day when facebook announced that its WhatsApp service is now having a user base of 175 million, unlike Snapchat which had only 161 million users.

Maybe hackers around the world are in an intention to target only big companies in this week. So, they first launched a phishing email attack on Gmail users and after a few hours succeeded in creating a 2-hour outage to the users of world’s most popular messaging service called WhatsApp.

Note 1- Neither WhatsApp or Facebook have made it official that the outage was caused by a cyber attack. But some twitter users who belong to the tech world confirm the reports and said that the chances for the app being targeted by hackers are plenty.

Note 2-WhatsApp is a messaging service where we can share text, images, videos and files with our phone contacts.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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