A contest is currently making rounds on WhatsApp. Security experts warn: Stay away from the offer because it is a malware that targets your friends and family in Messenger.
Very tempting, but not reliable, a competition that is currently making rounds on WhatsApp. Opportunity text guarantees for the new smartphone if you download the required app. Problem: According to ESET, the message link leads to a fake Google Play Store, in which you can not only find a new smartphone, but new malware. Disguised as a (fake) Hawaii mobile app. This is very dangerous because it can interact with your WhatsApp contacts without you knowing.
If you get the wrong match through one of your contacts, you should definitely not follow the instructions in the message. At worst, it’s not just the consequences for you. The whole thing is dangerous only for Android users. You Switched to iOS Or iPhone users in general, the malware will not harm you.
This is what malware does
If you download the app from a fake store, you will be asked for special permission. Among other things, you must agree to install applications that do not come from the official Google Play Store. All alarm bells should sound here. If you go one step further, the malware will install itself and ask for more permissions. For example, access your notifications and Android’s direct response functions.
Other permissions, such as ignoring battery optimization and overwriting other applications, can lead to malware. As a result, the malware is active in the background and cannot be stopped by the computer. With these rights the virus can act without you knowing anything about WhatsApp messages. Once friends and family members write you a message, the Android virus responds with a competitive link and the malware may spread further. Only when you open the victim chat will you find that WhatsApp has made itself independent.
Security experts at ESET currently believe that the virus is mainly used for subscription fraud campaigns and does not cause any harm. However, malware can also be used for malicious purposes such as spying and accessing bank data and other sensitive information. To prevent this, you should never click on unknown or suspicious links. It does not matter if you get it from a trusted contact. We also recommend downloading only apps from the official Google Play Store.
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