If you are a WhatsApp user you have to be very alert because being the most popular messaging application in the world, despite its security codes, you may be the victim of some kind of cybercrime.
Surely on more than one occasion you have received a message from a phone number that is not from your contacts, which generally include a link and when you open it, according to the bad experience of some WhatsApp users, you are being a victim of phishing. .
Now, cybersecurity experts have alerted WhatsApp users, since a Trojan-type virus is circulating in said app, which is capable of issuing paid subscriptions, as well as stealing accounts from a modified application of this platform.
Kaspersky researchers have reported that have found references to a virus called «Triad», which It comes integrated in a «mod» of the service developed by Meta, whose version is called YoWhatsApp.
Let us remember that a «mod» is a transformed or modified version of a program or application that provides functions that the original apps do not offer, such as new settings, wallpapers, custom fonts, as well as maps or characters, in the case of video games. .
According to the investigations of this cybersecurity company, more than 3,600 users would have been exposed to «Triada» in the last 2 months after downloading YoWhatsApp, an app advertised on Snaptube and also distributed through Vidmate.
Kaspersky believes that the success of this «mod» is due precisely to the fact that both applications, used by thousands of people around the world, advertise it. However, he thinks that it is most likely that even his developers were not aware of this danger.
After installing fake WhatsApp, users will need to log in to their account from the real app. By doing so, they receive the “Triada” Trojan on their devices. that downloads and executes malicious payloads on terminals.
They also take over the credentials of the official WhatsApp application account and can access the «Permissions» section, where they have the possibility of stealing accounts and earning money at the expense of the victims by signing them up for paid subscriptions.
To avoid such risks, the cybersecurity company recommends only installing apps from official stores and trusted sources, checking the permissions granted to these services, and installing an antivirus on your device.
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