Cyber experts have warned users from falling into the prey of a virus link that claims to turn WhatsApp into pink color and comes with new features. According to cybersecurity experts, clicking on the link claiming to be an official update from Whatsapp will hack user’s phones and they may lose access to their WhatsApp.
“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. Several Whatsapp users were seen sharing the malicious link. Cyber intelligence firm Voyager Infosec director Jiten Jain said that users are strictly advised never to install any APK or mobile app other than those available on the official app store of Google or Apple.
“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,” Jain said.
When contacted, 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.