A new virus strain has been found which tricks the users by sending itself in the form of a link that claims to turn WhatsApp pink in color. Cyber experts have warned the users to not click on this link.
The link claims to be an official update from WhatsApp and if the users click on it then their phone will be hacked and they might lose entry to their WhatsApp, cybersecurity officials have said.
Rajshekhar Rajaharia who is a cybersecurity expert posted on all his social media platforms, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsAppPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost.”
Many users have already fallen prey to this and were also seen sharing this dangerous link.
The director of the cyber intelligence firm Voyager Infosec, Jiten Jain has said that never should any user install any APK or mobile App other than those available on the official App Store of Google or Apple.
He said, “Such malicious Apps can be used to compromise your phone and steal personal data like- photos, SMS, contacts, etc. Keyboard-based malware can be used to track everything you type. It can be used to capture and steal banking passwords. The current case of Pink WhatsApp or WhatsApp Gold is also a case of malware impersonating as fake WhatsApp feature Apps.”
About this case, WhatsApp said, “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. 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.”