Malicious version of WhatsApp – TWITTER / RAJSHEKHAR RAJAHARIA
MADRID, April 19 (2021) –
WhatsApp Pink (pink) is a version of the popular messaging app that offers a new look to users who install it, but clicking on the link it shares infects the mobile for full control.
The supposed premium or special versions WhatsApp has been tempting users for years with modifications, such as new functions and another color for the interface, that are not present in the legitimate application, with the aim of trick them to get a profit in return.
In this sense, the researcher of cybersecurity Rajshekhar Rajaharia has warned through its Twitter profile of a new threat: WhatsApp Pink. This scam is distributed through messages. within the chatsand ensures that it is a new look for the messaging application, in pink.
Careful with @WhatsApp Rose !! A virus is spreading in #WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Do not click on any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Full access to your phone will be lost. Share with everyone …#InfoSec #Virus @IndianCERT @internetfreedom @jackerhack @ sanjg2k1 pic.twitter.com/KbbtK536F2
– Rajshekhar Rajaharia (@rajaharia) April 17, 2021
The message, also with a pink background, urges you to click the button it includes. But if they do users will get a virus, as the researcher has pointed out, and they will completely lose control of their phone.
In 2015 another malicious version stood out, WhatsApp blue, who promised to change the interface color to adopt the one indicated by his name, but instead issued questionnaires and victims subscribed to paid services.
Also a few years ago it attracted attention WhatsApp Plus, a modified unofficial version that extends the functions that the legitimate ‘application’ would offer. However, following the acquisition of WhatsApp by Facebook, the company began to Block accounts used third party versions like this one.
Another scam app is WhatsApp Gold, which does not exist as such. It is a hoax that urges you to download an application with which cybercriminals can steal the data on your device.