Apparently, a large number of WhatsApp users are being targeted with messages asking them to 'activate Whatsapp Gold.' The scammers behind the message are hoping to entice existing WhatsApp users by offering services like video calling, deleting messages after they are sent and uploading a large number of pictures at the same time. The message appears with a 'Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too' statement. The statement is followed by a link called www.goldenversion.com which users are asked to click to upgrade to Whatsapp Gold.
WhatsApp users being malware'd through phished messages
It is believed that the link belongs to a malicious website which is being used by hackers to target devices for data mining purposes. However, this isn't the first time that WhatsApp has been targeted by scammers and hackers hoping to profit from loopholes in the messaging service or by masquerading as WhatsApp themselves.
Back in January, Comodo Antispam Labs detected several fishers attempting to drop tonnes of malware into personal computers and other devices disguised as official e-mails from WhatsApp. The e-mails in question, usually come with subject lines like 'You have a video announcement. Eom' or 'A sound announcement has been received sqdw' and contain attachments which they ask readers to click. The e-mail addresses from which these messages are sent are disguised with WhatsApp logos but if you take a good look at them, you'll know instantly that they aren't anything like WhatsApp after all.
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"Cyber criminals are becoming more and more like marketers, trying to use creative subject lines to have unsuspecting emails clicked and opened to spread malware," said Fatih Orhan, director of technology for Comodo Antispam Labs.
While most users know where to click and which messages to mark as spam, the less curious ones may fall prey if they download any malware that come through disguised messages. The University of Cambridge runs a quite informative webpage in its website about malwares, what they can do and how to stay away from them.
"You may receive bounced mail messages suggesting that you have sent a virus-bearing message to somebody else. These are usually spurious; when viruses and other malware propagate by email they will usually do so with faked 'From' addresses, which may have been taken from another user's address book or from Web pages," says the website.
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Recently, a large number of iPhone users in the UK have been at the receiving end of tricky text messages which ask them to enter their account details on a website to ensure that their iCloud accounts do not get deactivated. Those who received such messages included star comedian Jack Dee and former England cricketer Matt Prior who promptly posted these texts on Twitter and asked other not to fall for the trap.
"Phishers" create elaborate websites that look similar to iTunes, but their sole purpose is to collect your account information. Often, a fake email will ask you to click on a link and visit one of these phishing websites to "update your account information," said Apple in its website.
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