Users have been warned about fake WhatsApp and it looks exactly like the original.
WhatsAppinstant messaging app has become an app for texting, calling, video calling, business purpose and more globally. Unfortunately, its growing popularity has made it a hotspot for cybercriminals. Recently, a fake WhatsApp application appeared on Internet and it is scamming users because it is full of malware. It allows hacker to compromise users’ accounts and steal their information. Will Cathcart, Head of WhatsApp at Meta, warned users that this fake WhatsApp can cause serious damage to users’ phone data. He tweeted, “Recently our security team found out malware in apps – provided outside of Google Play – from a developer named “HeyMods” including “Hey WhatsApp” and others”.
In a series of tweets, he explains how this fake WhatsApp promises new features to attract users and steal their personal information stored on their phones.
He shared that these apps are often downloaded from third-party sources, such as the web.
Meanwhile, Chartered’s security expert, James Bore, told Sun about another risk these fake apps can pose. He is quoted as saying, “The normal course of these types of malicious apps is to simply capture and exploit personal data.” He added that if a user is using it with details like their WhatsApp account then hackers can impersonate them.
He advises to only install apps from authorized sources, such as the official Google Play Store or Apple App Store to save yourself from the onslaught of these malicious apps.
Cathcart also requires users to download from trusted app stores like Google Play Store or App Store or install directly from Whatsapp official website to protect themselves from any malware attacks. what harm. He wrote, “If you see friends or family using a different form of WhatsApp, please encourage them to only use WhatsApp from a trusted app store or our official website directly at http ://WhatsApp.com/dl.”