Where there are benefits of using messaging apps and websites like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Telegram, etc. there are losses too. Recently, a new computer virus named “WhatsApp Pink” is on the market. It causes the victim to completely lose control of his/her device and the data.
However, this is not the first time that widely used messaging apps like WhatsApp have come into this such nefarious activities. Recently, on Twitter, a cyber-security researcher made it public. He warned users that the WhatsApp Pink virus can give the hacker complete access to a phone. Here is all to know, if you are internet savvy.
Introduction to ‘WhatsApp Pink’
WhatsApp Pink is a type of malicious computer program or malware that hijacks its target system. The threat gets its name from the alias through which it spreads on WhatsApp groups. The message includes images that show chats from a pink-colored WhatsApp. Needless to say, the images are fake just like the claims.
Moreover, the wicked message includes a link to download the APK file. Then, users are required to click on the link and proceed with the downloading process of Pink-themed WhatsApp. With clicking, users are not downloading APK files, but they are downloading the real virus. In eagerness to download something new, users readily give the permissions that packages ask for.
Rajshekhar Rajaharia (cybersecurity expert) says, “the downloaded virus then gains complete access over the device, risking data loss or hijack by threat perpetrators.”
Steps to Keep Yourself Safe From WhatsApp Pink Virus
As of now, WhatsApp users have reported receiving a link on their phones and shared without knowing the facts. Sharing unverified information like this has always been a key part of the problems.
Threat actors know that such misinformation easily gets spread through WhatsApp groups and thus they are taking advantage of this. Therefore, WhatsApp users are required to become more aware of how these scams work, how they mislead personal data and information, and more.
The easiest safety tip to avoid and be a victim of such a virus is not to click on such a suspicious or unverified link. WhatsApp users should only update their WhatsApp messenger app when officially rolled out by WhatsApp. Avoid using any third part referral link to download, share, or update.