I'm on a few WhatsApp groups that have signup links. Lately (last few months) I've noticed some very odd activity on a few of these groups: every few days I notice a number (often from a country with a poor reputation for scamming) joining, and then leaving the group, like this:
And I'm wondering, what is the scam being cooked up here? Have they got some kind of brute force bot that signs up for whatever WhatsApp groups it can find? And then does...what? Scrolls through the group member list and harvests their phone numbers? To do...exactly what with them? Send SMS spam, telling people they've won the $16.4m Bill Gates Philanthropic Award For Owning a Phone?
If that's the extent of the threat, then I can live with it. But is there anything else these bots could be doing that is more sinister?