Such apps don’t look dangerous but can circumvent the user’s privacy.
Dream – WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart reveals the dangers of downloading and installing a mod or fake version of the WhatsApp application. Such apps don’t look dangerous but can circumvent the user’s privacy.
He asked the users not to use it. In Indonesia, one such application that is well-known is WhatsApp GB.
“These kinds of apps sound harmless but they actually circumvent WhatsApp’s privacy and security guarantees,” Cathcart wrote in a thread on Twitter.
Cathcart said their security team found the malware in apps, these available outside of Google Play, from a developer called HeyMods, including Hey WhatsApp and others.
“These apps promise new features but are just scams to steal personal information stored on people’s phones,” Cathcart tweeted.
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WhatsApp has shared this information with Google to jointly crush these malicious applications.
Cathcart revealed that Google Play Protect on Android can now detect and disable malicious fake versions of WhatsApp that were downloaded before.
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“We appreciate Google’s help for their continued efforts to prevent malicious apps from multiplying on Android devices,” Cathcart wrote.
WhatsApp will take legal action against HeyMods, to stop the harm in the future, as well as study legal options to hold HeyMods and others like them accountable.
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“Mobile malware is a dangerous threat that must be combated and the security community is constantly developing new ways to prevent its spread,” Cathcart stressed.
He also asked other users to remind friends or family who use the fake WhatsApp application to switch to the official WhatsApp application.
WhatsApp often warns that the use of third-party applications such as WhatsApp GB, YoWhatsApp, and others can cause the user’s official WhatsApp account to be permanently blocked. Plus there is no guaranteed end-to-end encryption.
This application can also endanger user privacy because the installation comes from an unofficial source.