Have you been receiving a lot of spam on Signal recently? Don't worry, it's not just you. Online spammers are among some of the most persistent troublemakers on the internet, and they've set their sights on a new target. Where Did Signal Spam Come from? Signal uses your real mobile number in order to identify you. If you want to contact another user on Signal, you can try looking them up by their phone number. On Signal, there is no separate identifier, like a username or handle, that you would associate with a platform like Twitter or Snapchat. This means that Signal is open to the same abuses that you are probably already exposed to via SMS messages sent to your mobile number. If your phone number has been targeted by regular text-message spammers in the past, it's likely already known to spammers who buy, sell, and distribute databases of legitimate numbers for spam purposes. ( That Facebook data breach is just one way that your phone number may have been exposed.) The increase in reported Signal spam at the end of 2020 and the start of 2021 followed a significant increase in Signal users over the same time period…. Read full this story
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