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WhatsApp: Warning - Malware is currently spreading through fake apps

WhatsApp: Warning – Malware is currently spreading through fake apps

If you use WhatsApp via Android, you should be wary of some messages – there are fake ones in circulation. Fraudsters even fake “Google Play”.

Germany – Negative News Around Messenger service WhatsApp Do not tear. Planned WhatsApp changes are still hotly debated in the media. Share Especially due to data security concerns Performance Devices. Is currently back Problem with WhatsApp: As t-online.de And ChipD reports that false news is being spread with them Malware on the phone Established that can cause real damage.

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WhatsApp scam on Android devices: Worm spreads malware

Media reports refer to one News from ESET’s IT experts, A company Security software. Lucas Stefango of ESET explains: “This Malware Spreads through WhatsApp of the victim Will respond automatically to each WhatsApp News With a fake link Malicious Hawaii mobile app“.

Particularly accurate: if you install the app, every message coming from the contacts will be converted to a News Who responded to the link Pseudo-application Contains. The worm “waits” until it finally enters. WhatsApp News That was an hour ago. That’s when it spreads. According to experts, give it a try Cyber ​​criminals Preventing distrust.

WhatsApp spreads fake messages on malware – that’s all

The deceptive message is, “Download this app Well on the smartphone“. Tempting at first. Instead of getting new, stay WhatsApp user The current one though Skills Attacked.

A link will take you first Fake Google Play Store Where did he go Wrong Hawaii application established Can participate in the competition. Hawaii You can get a new one Cellphone Well. As Lucas Stefango, who owns ESET shares on Twitter:

WhatsApp Malware: Video of Lucas Stepanco on Twitter

© Lucas Stefango / Twitter

Admission of Fake Google Store and Fake Hawaii app May have the goal of appearing particularly reliable. When installing Defective use Users will be asked to install apps outside the Google Store. It will Security Precautions on Android Devices Violated – According to security experts.

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WhatsApp worm floats on Android devices – these are the goals of fraudsters

Once the installation process is complete, the application will require several additional permissions to use The worm spread Can, so ESET. The worm then sends a request to each contact that sends a message an hour later Take part in the competition. The Malicious factual use Running in the background of the cell phone. According to initial findings, the goal Fraudulent advertising revenue To achieve.

However, it cannot be ruled out that the application can also be used More damage Reasons. “It simply came to our notice then Malware It could spread more dangerous threats, ”said Lucas Stefanco. And: “They are possible Bank Trojan, Ransomware, or Spyware Distributed. “Anyone who uses WhatsApp regularly should pay special attention to the news at this time.