WhatsApp Mods are caught distributing malware

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Modified versions of WhatsApp are illegal and those still using them should quickly make a note of the following alert. Researchers from Kaspersky have discovered that those using YoWhatsApp are being targeted with trojan malware named Triada having capabilities of stealing data from mobile phone and indulging in espionage.

So, customers using modified versions of any social media app are being urged to stop using such mobile software’s as it can trigger unnecessary privacy concerns and can sign-up users without their knowledge to services that they have to stay away or weren’t aware of.

Usually, such malware is circulated as apps like Snaptube, that promise video downloads from Facebook, YouTube and Instagram all for free. The promos are intended to not only win the trust of users but also tempt users in downloading other nasty software that can drive them into deep-trouble.

So, organizations and individuals who are using the messaging app for workplace communication should urge users only to use the genuine version that can only be downloaded from iOS or Google Playstore. They should also create among employees that modified versions could cause the leak of sensitive business information or could be used in phishing scams and to send spam.

Moreover, there is no guaranty that the data that is being uploaded onto these changed versions is being encrypted and will remain secure from snooping or misuse of information activities.

This applies to all social media applications, including Twitter, FB and Instagram, along with Telegram and WhatsApp. Now, especially for telegram users, it is wise to download and use the said application sensibly. As most of the online criminal activities are being conducted by Telegram, as its data encryption is highly secure and is someway linked to Russian intelligence.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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