Whisper is a social media platform specifically made for sharing secrets anonymously. The app has a user base of 250 million per month, and the app has become a breeding ground for predators and criminals that claim to be children or look for children on the app.
The breach was a leak of private information from the app, resulting in an unknown number of users being affected. Many of Whisper’s users, including minors, “secretly” post about their innermost thoughts, private experiences, emotional and sexual desires, and home lives. The leak has left children terrifyingly open to predators.
Whisper did not release the cause of the leak, but many users were in an uproar. Whisper previously claimed to be the “safest place on the Internet,” and the leak has since proven that wrong.
This breach was discovered in 2019 and the company began notifying users in 2020.
The breach could have impacted users worldwide; the app has users in 187 countries. The Washington Post searched for users that listed their age as 15; the search showed 1.3 million users. This would imply that millions of minors use the app to share their secrets in a designated “safe space” that has proven to be less than safe.
We aren’t sure how many files were affected by the breach, but there could be millions of files at risk. We know certain information, including stated gender, name, age, hometown, and memberships in Whisper chat groups.