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WhatsApp head Will Cathcart warns users against modified apps, says they contain malware

WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart has cautioned users against using modified versions of the app as they contain malware that can steal user data.

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WhatsApp, owing to its popularity, is often targeted by scammers for duping WhatsApp users. One way, malicious hackers target WhatsApp users is by sending messages containing links to fraudulent website. Another way they do so is via malware. Now, WhatsApp head Will Cathcart has issued a warning to WhatsApp users against using modified version of the messaging app on their smartphones. Also Read - Google has no plans of 'shutting down' its gaming platform Google Stadia

In a thread on Twitter, Cathcart cautioned users against using version of WhatsApp by third-party developers as they hide malware within the apps. He said that while these apps promise new features to WhatsApp users, they also steal user data stored on people’s phones. Also Read - WhatsApp will soon allow group admins to delete messages for everyone

More specifically, he pointed towards versions of WhatsApp such as ‘Hey WhatsApp’ by a developer called ‘HeyMods’ that contain malware hidden inside the apps.

WhatsApp’s team has promptly highlighted the matter to Google, which in turn, has released an update to Google Play Protect on Android — a program that checks apps and devices for malware and harmful behaviour and deactivates and deletes these apps if it finds something suspicious — to detect and disable versions of WhatsApp by third-party developers that contain the data-stealing malware.

In the thread, the WhatsApp boss said that the company will continue to detect and block such apps and that it would also explore all legal options to prevent HeyMods and other third-party developers like it to make their fraudulents apps available to users.

He also urged users to delete these fake apps and download apps from authentic sources only.

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  • Published Date: July 12, 2022 4:27 PM IST



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