WhatsApp users are always under malicious attacks by perpetrators of nefarious activities online. This week a link being shared via group chats on the platform can let hackers gain access to the device on which it is opened, experts have warned.
WhatsApp users receive the link which on their phones which claims that it can turn the instant messaging application’s theme from its trademark green to pink while also promising new features.
Experts are now warning users on the messaging application to refrain from clicking on any such link.
The link is masked as an official update from WhatsApp. When the user does click on the link, their phones might get hacked and they may lose access to their Whatsapp account and sharing the link unknowingly.
“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,” cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia posted on social media platforms.
“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,” Cyber intelligence firm Voyager Infosec director Jiten Jain said.