WhatsApp has been shut down in the Indian market after the company was hacked to steal personal information of more than 50 million users.
Users were also targeted by a third-party service that was stealing their passwords and other sensitive information, the company said in a statement.
“It is very sad that we are shutting down WhatsApp service in India due to the massive data breach,” the company wrote in a blog post.
“This is because of a third party service, that was able to compromise our system, which was able steal the information of the WhatsApp users.
WhatsApp is committed to privacy and security and we will continue to work to prevent any similar breach from occurring in the future.”
WhatsApp said in the post that it will offer free upgrades to users.
It also noted that it had implemented security measures to protect users’ information.
WhatsApp was launched in 2015 by the Indian startup BBM and later bought by Facebook for $19 billion in 2016.
WhatsApp said that the data breach happened “during our normal business operations,” which it said did not involve any personal information.
The WhatsApp service was launched to help people communicate, but it also had a growing number of users who used the service to share photos, videos, and other content.
The company said that it was not aware of any other recent data breaches.
The messaging app has seen a surge in popularity over the past few years as people have grown used to the service’s free and secure messaging app, WhatsApp, and the new WhatsApp News app.
WhatsApp did not say when or how many users had been impacted, or when or why the company shut down WhatsApp.
According to the company, the breach was found during a “large scale, internal attack”.
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app in India, and is one of the top three most popular apps in the country.