WhatsApp, a popular messaging service owned by Facebook Inc, suffered a global downtime on Wednesday, which many have linked to possible hacking of the platform.
The downtime lasted for several hours before it was resolved.
WhatsApp confirmed the outage, but did not give reason for the downtime.
“Earlier today, WhatsApp users in all parts of the world were unable to access WhatsApp for a few hours. We have now fixed the issue and apologise for the inconvenience,” WhatsApp said in an email late Wednesday afternoon.
Reuters reports that the App was down in parts of India, Canada, the United States and Brazil. It affected people who use the service on Apple Inc’s iOS operating system, Alphabet Inc’s Android and Microsoft Corp’s Windows mobile OS.
In Brazil, where the professional class relies heavily on the messaging service, WhatsApp was down for about two and a half hours. Many users switched to rival system Telegram, which has picked up millions of customers in Brazil after two previous WhatsApp outages resulting from court orders.
Things To Worry About
WhatsApp is used by more than 1.2 billion people around the world and is a key tool for communications and commerce in many countries. The service was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion.
If WhatsApp was actually hacked, as being speculated, it is something to worry about.
1. Over 1.2 billion users could have had their details stolen, with their phone numbers also acquired. Watch who calls you now and who sends you messages from now on if you have not been doing that.
2. Awan nude pictures senders be afraid o. Lovers or spouses could have had their nude images stolen. Don’t be surprised when you see your nude picture out there
3. If you have used WhatsApp to send username and password to any of your accounts or other security codes you should have reasons to worry
4. If you have had any secret conversation you do not want a third person to hear, hmmmmm. Be warned, that information could be in another man’s cooler waiting for the right time to be used.
5. Considering the large number of users and the security risk the downtime could pose, if it was actually hacked, be sure to get a WhatsApp update soon that will involve more security features.