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Experts Warn of Privacy Risks Caused by Link Previews in Messaging Apps

October 26, 2020

Cybersecurity researchers over the weekend disclosed new security risks associated with link previews in popular messaging apps that cause the services to leak IP addresses, expose links sent via end-to-end encrypted chats, and even unnecessarily download gigabytes of data stealthily in the background.

“Links shared in chats may contain private information intended only for the recipients,” researchers Talal Haj Bakry and Tommy Mysk said.

“This could be bills, contracts, medical records, or anything that may be confidential.”

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