Whatsapp has constantly been the hub of sharing false information, fake news, fake forwarded messages, and spreading malware links. The latest in the line is "WHATSAPP PINK".
WHAT IS WHATSAPP PINK?
WhatsApp Pink is a malicious app that is being circulated through WhatsApp groups and ads. It is circulating in its compressed form with an embedded virus, that compromises your device.
The virus is being shared as an alternative version of the app with new features and additional privacy, with the new color pink.
If installed, it could potentially result in loss of data and other private information like passwords, chats, security pins, etc. and potentially block the device.
The virus is a simple computer program that is compiled within depths of the APK and, if installed, hijacks the user’s data from within and grants additional permissions to itself.
The message or the spread of the virus in the form of ads also depicts images showing a beautiful pink layout with all butterflies, fancy colors and some graphical layout which needless to say is phony.
IS THIS THE ONLY WHATSAPP DUPLICATE?
We have seen many modified versions of WhatsApp like WhatsApp gold, WhatsApp+, GB WhatsApp etc.
This WhatsApp has certain features, like customizing chats with changing fonts, themes, pinning more than three users, saving message etc.
For instance, consider ‘A’ who uses the normal WhatsApp, while ‘B’ is using a modded version and now B can see when is A comes online and leaves, can also view the deleted messages which were accidentally sent, despite deleting them, can download personal statuses, important photos etc. This annihilates the other’s privacy completely viz. unethical and safe to say Illegal.
Users of the mod are generally ignorant of their actions and its consequences. Also, people using these mods are not safe themselves from future attacks on their privacy.
Despite WhatsApp’s effort to spread awareness about these duplicates, people still fall prey to them.
HOW TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY?
Popping back to the most important question, how to be safe from this virus?
The modest answer is ‘Do not click on any unknown and suspicious links’, ‘Do not install unknown 3rd party apps’ and stop spreading fake news, stop forwarding messages until you believe them to be reliable and trustworthy.