Mobile numbers and WhatsApp chats of people using WhatsApp web were indexed on Google search results yet again, a security researcher claimed. This came just days after the same security researcher, Rajshekhar Rajaharia, had found that links to private WhatsApp group chats were indexed on Google search results. However, this time, Rajaharia claims, WhatsApp was actually using settings that should have technically prevented these chats from being indexed on Google. “This time, @WhatsApp is actually using a “Robots.txt” file and a “disallow all” setting, so they are instructing @Google not to index anything. Google is still Indexing,” he wrote on Twitter. https://twitter.com/rajaharia/status/1350045483360653312 In the previous instance, when WhatsApp group links were available on Google search results, WhatsApp had essentially passed the buck to Google, claiming that it follows all protocols to prevent chats or groups being indexed. At the time,…
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