Although WhatsApp is increasingly adding privacy-focused features to its platform, it has become a breeding ground for nefarious online activities. Recently, we have seen a WhatsApp scam that uses a known contact to take control of an account. Not long after this, security researchers found a major flaw in the platform’s ID verification system that allows an attacker to remotely deactivate a user account permanently. Now, WhatsApp users are facing another virus called “WhatsApp Pink” which gives an attacker full access to your devices.
Watch out for “WhatsApp Pink”
The virus, which is currently circulating in WhatsApp groups as an APK link, allegedly allows an attacker to take full control of your entire device. The threat link comes with the name “WhatsApp Pink” and claims to be official. “New style” for WhatsApp you can change the app’s color scheme from boring old green to a new pink theme.
First discovered by security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia, the virus even comes with a couple of pictures to show the new look WhatsApp in pink color scheme. Rajaharia shared the images along with a warning on Twitter last Saturday. You can check out the attached tweet below.
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
Now, as you can see, the images don’t look official at all. However, unaware users who are not as tech-savvy can fall for the trap and click the link to download the app on their device. And, according to Rajaharia, doing this will allow the perpetrator (creator of the virus) to take full control of your devices.
So if you get a similar link to download WhatsApp Pink from, say a relative, in your family group, please don’t tap / click it to open. Also, as soon as you receive it, you should warn the other members of the group to avoid opening the link.
Featured image courtesy: Rajshekhar Rajaharia (@rajaharia/Twitter)
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