Fake WhatsApp Pink APK installs malware on users’ devices

In a new phishing campaign, thousands of WhatsApp users are receiving links through which a supposed pink version of WhatsApp is promoted, in addition to other poorly defined features. The most troubling thing about this campaign is that the malicious link is displayed as an official update to the app, so many people could follow this link without wondering about its legitimacy.

If a user falls into the trap and clicks on that link, the compromised device could be hacked or even lose control of their WhatsApp account. Unfortunately, the link has been distributed to an undetermined number of users due to the little information that most people count.

Through his Twitter account, researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia reported detecting this malicious campaign: “Beware of the so-called WhatsApp Pink version. Hackers are spreading malware via WhatsApp, do not click on any link that announces the launch of WhatsApp Pink”, recommends the expert.

The expert adds that, for security reasons, users should never install any type of APK downloaded outside of official platforms like Google Play or AppStore, in the case of iOS devices: “These can result in malicious apps to compromise your phone and steal personal data like photos, SMS or contact lists.”

After receiving multiple requests for information, WhatsApp mentioned: “Anyone may receive an unusual, unusual or suspicious message on any service, including emails and messaging apps. When these cases arise, we recommend that our users think twice before responding to these fraud attempts.” The platform, owned by Facebook, also notes that it is best to never interact with strangers, since despite the identity verification mechanisms implemented in its systems it remains relatively easy to breach the security of the application.

To learn more about information security risks, malware variants, vulnerabilities and information technologies, feel free to access the International Institute of Cyber Security (IICS) websites.