WhatsApp Pink: a malicious software that might hack your phone
Being one of the most widely used instant messaging apps, Whatsapp, users’ digital security came under major threat when the alleged new Whatsapp Pink, theme-changing APK, made its advent into users’ devices. Source: Unsplash
Promising an attractive feature of turning the Whatsapp theme from green to pink, this malicious virus under disguise has been circulated among many instant messaging users. The Whatsapp Pink also stated some extra features to which users will get access to post updates. The virus is claiming to be an official update from Whatsapp. But in reality, hackers gain optimum control and access to the device once the users click on the link. Their phones might get hacked and lead to losing access to their messenger altogether.
This issue has come to light following many Whatsapp users’ reports of receiving and circulating the links on their android devices. The malicious link is being shared under the name WhatsApp Pink and lures victims by promising new features. Several WhatsApp users have reported receiving such links on their android devices.
Following the hype of this “new update”, cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia wrote, “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.”
“The best practice is to not click and forward any such links. WhatsApp users should stick to download only the updates from Google Play store,” wrote Rajaharia.
As this malicious virus was being reported to be a major threat to the instant messenger users’ cybersecurity, Whatsapp released an official statement saying, “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”.
Do not install any software from outside the official app stores like Google Play or Apple App Store. Also, only click on links that appear to be secure by checking the lock sign at the beginning of the available URL. Double-check the sites and links that you click upon as it can be malware and viruses. Stay safe, digitally too.