WhatsApp worm completely out of control – spreading malware

WhatsApp worm completely out of control - spreading malware

Dangerous malware is now spreading through other messenger services.

Messenger service users currently have to be careful. In late January, security experts ESET
Security warning to one WhatsApp
-Worm issued which supposedly spreads through information. As shown now, criminals have developed malware apps significantly. Meanwhile, not only more WhatsApp users are affected.

Dissemination through other services

ESET has detected that the latest version of malware is also spreading through other messenger services such as Signal, Telegram, Skype and Viber. In a message sent by infected contacts, the malicious app promises new functions for WhatsApp and a separate presence after clicking the link. But that is a trap. So do not click on the link!

Sneaky show

The malicious application requests various permissions during installation, e.g. For example, overdrive other apps, which may overlay other apps running on the device. Or ignoring battery optimization, which allows it to run in the background and prevents the system from terminating it, even if the device is consuming power and resources.

ESET Security Specialist Lucas Stefanco Has recorded a video documenting the process for the latest version of the malicious program:

Purpose and safety

The attackers used malware primarily for adware or subscription scam campaigns, although it could be used for worse purposes. To protect themselves, smartphone users should avoid clicking suspicious links, just download the app from the official Google Play store and be sure to use the security solution for your smartphone.

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