Beware of WhatsApp pink: It’s a dangerous malware that takes control of your phone.
A new cyber scam has recently gone viral regarding the popular messaging application WhatsApp. It is about WhatsApp pink, a dangerous malware that is hacking numerous phones.
Certainly, this is not one of the first phone-hacking threats through the popular messaging app, it has already happened before with WhatsApp Gold, but from our blog we keep you up to date with the latest news on this matter and this one is undoubtedly giving a lot to talk about.
How exactly does the WhatsApp pink operate?
It is a malware that takes advantage of the naivety and ignorance of many users to get them to hand over their private information. The threat almost always shows in the form of a link, either in WhatsApp groups or in a message from one of your contacts in the application, which was obviously never sent by that person. It can also come through emails and other applications where we are sent a link to incorporate improvements and features to WhatsApp and even change the natural green color of its interface.
But, why is WhatsApp pink so dangerous? Once the user clicks on the fake link to download the supposed app that will change the color and improve the functions of the application, it automatically introduces a malware that does not appear in the list of installed apps. The virus stays in the background stealing passwords, pins and personal data.
What’s worse, this powerful malware –in a hidden way– is transmitted from phone to phone as it takes advantage of the fact that Google’s operating system allows files installation. In this way it can camouflage itself inside an app present in Google Play.
What happens if we touch the link and download the WhatsApp app pink?
In addition to compromising personal information, several experts point out that clicking on that link that offers to have WhatsApp with new features and a different color can cause users to completely lose access to their accounts, and even to their mobile.
What can we do to avoid becoming victims of the scam?
Obviously, do not touch any unknown link, do not download the WhatsApp pink and much less give it any permission. But if we have already been victims and fell into the trap, Cyber security expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia, one of those who has followed this issue closely, recommends:
1. Uninstall WhatsApp immediately.
2. Unlink all web devices from WhatsApp.
3. Delete the browser from the settings.
4. Verify permission for all applications.
5. If you find any suspicious permission for any application, it will have to be revoked.
WhatsApp managers have already spoken out on the matter: “Anyone can receive an unusual, atypical or suspicious message on any service, even by email, and whenever it happens we strongly encourage people to use caution before responding or engaging. On WhatsApp in particular, we also recommend that users use the tools we provide within the application to send us a report, report or block a contact”.
You already know: WhatsApp attacks are very fashionable, because obviously it is still at the top of the most used messaging app in the world. From Globenet International we warned you, now it is up to you not to fall into this dangerous trap.