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WhatsApp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 12 of 12

In the previous 11 steps, we saw how easy it is to populate a series of contacts in gmail. now, if you sysnc this gmail with your device installed whatsApp, WhatsApp automatically searches for theese contacts in its database, and lists you with the contacts profile pictues and their contact number. You see how unsecured it is..?

How to Protect yourself?
Here is the Precautions you can take against Contacts Population for yourself and your loved ones:

1: check privacy settings in your whatsapp:

Under Settings -> Account -> Privacy:  set "Profile Photo" optionas "My contacts" 
This will prevent contacts population hackers getting your photos.

2: Do not respond to the messages from unknown numbers

3: Use the contacts Block option if you suspect sombody populated your contact and messaged you.

Thank you for reading this series of posts. I will be back with other interesting articles soon. :)

Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 11 of 12

In this step, we import the newly created contacts.csv to out gmail contacts, using the contacts import option.All the newly populated contacts will appear in the gmail contacts.

After importing the contacts it will look like this in gmail:



Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 10 of 12

In the WhatsApp hacking 10th step, we export the excel sheet we are working with now to google csv format by saving it.
We have to click on yes to keep the contacts in .csv format.

Now open the google.csv we just edited again in excel. It should look like this:

Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 9 of 12

In WhatsApp hacking part 9, we have to copy the whole first column by selecting it and paste it to the second and third columns. This is to fill the name and contact number fields of the addressbook we are generating.

Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 8 of 12

Whatsapp Hacking - Contacts Population method : Part 8

Now in part 8, we have to expand the full list of numbers we have to add to the contacts by selecting the two columns we entered in step 7 and dragging down. here in this example i dragged it upto 200 contacts, but you can actually drag up to 2500 contacts.


Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 7 of 12

Now the excel sheet looks like this:

Now , we have to hide the first line of the excel sheet, and enter the sequence if mobile numbers we have to add as part of the contacts population. First add the first two numbers to start with:

Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 6 of 12

After the last step (part 5), we got an excel sheet in this format with so many columns with different fields in the addressbook.

Now we have to hide whatever fields we do not reqire to edit .
for that, hide all the fields except "name", "given name", and "custom field1". Now it should look like this:



Go to part 6 for the next steps.

Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 5 of 12

In this step, convert the each entries into seperate colums using the "text to columns" feature in excel
It should look like this:



If you need help to do this : follow the following steps:
Click on " text to columns " button in data tab in ribbon and follow as the following pictures shows:






Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 4 of 12

Step 4: Open the google.csv file exported to your computer using excel sheet. Since my contacts are emptied, it looks like this:




See step 5 in Part 5





Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 2 of 12

As i explained in part 1, i am going to explain directly how a contact population is done in practical.

Step 1:
First , log into your gmail account, ( may be a test account to do this). and Go to contacts page.. ( direct link is https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#contacts).

see next steps in Part 3


Whatsapp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 3 of 12

Step 3: Export the existing contacts to google csv format:
see next steps in part 4



WhatsApp Hacking- Contacts Population: Part 1 of 12

Dear friends,
Did you ever get messages from unknown numbers ? Probably you are a victim of the Contacts Population vulnerability. Dont worry, I explained in the 12th post in this series how you can protect yourselves and your loved ones against this vulnerability effectively. You can find that article here
In this article, I am going to explain how this Contacts Population  technique works. This article is only for education purposes, and to alert my readers how serious it is before you or some of your loved ones become the victims of this.

What is Contacts Population Vulnerability? As the name indicates, this is a technique to generate a number of real contacts. These contacts can be used to send spam messages or to send messages to unknown numbers. At the time of writing this article, Many instant messaging apps lime Whats-app, line and Viber are vulnerable to Contacts population method.

How Contacts Population Works? As you know, Whats-app automatically finds the numbers stored i…