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Virus alert: do not download malware Yo WhatsApp or WhatsApp Plus

WhatsApp is a must-have messaging app for many mobile phone users around the world. According to Statista, WhatsApp has around two billion monthly active users worldwide.

Due to the huge popularity of WhatsApp, hackers can easily trick users into a modified version (Mod APK) of the instant messaging app in order to access their chats, send spam, and possibly steal money from their digital wallets or online banking apps. According to The Independent, an unauthorized WhatsApp app by the name of Yo WhatsApp is stealing access keys. The malicious app was previously promoted in other Android apps such as Snaptube which allows users to record YouTube videos.

Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky claimed that the suspicious app will compromise user privacy and data and provide users’ WhatsApp access keys to a remote server. With this critical information, attackers could gain access to WhatsApp users’ conversations and they can harvest information for spoofing or other hacks like phishing attacks. In addition to this, hackers can “install premium subscriptions without the user’s knowledge” on users’ apps.

According to the Vidmate app, a clone of Yo WhatsApp with the nickname “WhatsApp Plus” is also gaining popularity among Android users. Vidmate users can also download videos from Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.

Kaspersky reports state that “cybercriminals are increasingly spreading harmful programs using the force of trusted software.” This means that consumers can still fall victim to it even if they use well-known applications and official installation sources.

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