Beware: Fake WhatsApp Pink App Could Let Hackers Steal Your Data

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WhatsApp Pink is in circulation as a malicious app that would steal your knowledge as soon as put in and permit hackers to realize entry to your cellphone. A message has been despatched to some customers that incorporates a hyperlink and pretends to offer the prevailing WhatsApp expertise in a pink color and produce new options. However, as an alternative of bringing any modifications to the unique WhatsApp set up, the hyperlink results in a web page with an choice to obtain the malicious WhatsApp Pink app on their telephones. The app notably neither has any relation with WhatsApp nor with Facebook.

Cybersecurity researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia has posted a tweet to tell in regards to the circulation of WhatsApp Pink. He has additionally supplied a few screenshots exhibiting how the malicious app imitates the interface of WhatsApp to prey customers.

WhatsApp Pink is nothing however a sham
Photo Credit: Twitter/ Rajshekhar Rajaharia

 

“Once installed, the fake WhatsApp app starts circulating a message that contains the link for its downloading. The aim of the hacker appears to collect user data of as many users as possible,” Rajaharia instructed Gadgets 360.

He added by saying that WhatsApp Pink had largely been focused on the police and media individuals. A hyperlink to obtain the app was initially despatched to the law enforcement officials in Delhi and Rajasthan.

Rajaharia was knowledgeable about WhatsApp Pink by Delhi Police inspector Data Ram Yadav, who noticed the circulation of its message in one of many police teams on WhatsApp.

The unhealthy actors circulating the message about WhatsApp Pink seem to have used totally different hyperlinks. But nonetheless, customers are advisable to not open any such hyperlinks which can be claimed to deliver any new look or options to WhatsApp.

“Anyone can get an unusual, uncharacteristic or suspicious message on any service, including email, and anytime that happens we strongly encourage everyone to use caution before responding or engaging,” WhatsApp stated in a ready assertion despatched to Gadgets 360. “On WhatsApp in particular, we also recommend that people use the tools that we provide within the app to send us a report, report a contact or block contact.”

This is not the primary time when a faux WhatsApp model has been in circulation. In the previous, customers have been attacked by a WhatsApp Gold variant that was additionally created by some hackers to maliciously achieve person knowledge.


Does WhatsApp’s new privateness coverage spell the tip in your privateness? We mentioned this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is offered on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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Jagmeet Singh writes about shopper expertise for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has incessantly written about apps, pc safety, Internet providers, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is offered on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please ship in your leads and ideas.
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