WhatsApp Pink is a malicious app that, once installed, can steal your data and enable hackers to gain access to your phone. Some users have received a message containing a link that claims to add new features to the messaging app and change its theme to pink colour. Rather than making any changes to the original WhatsApp installation, the link directs users to a page where they can download the malicious WhatsApp Pink app. It’s worth noting that the app has no links to either WhatsApp or Facebook.
WhatsApp Pink is a malicious app that, once installed, can steal your data and enable hackers to gain access to your phone
The malicious WhatsApp Pink app appears to be similar to the original version of the app, making it difficult for users to distinguish between the two
The Malicious app was mostly aimed at cops and journalists
“Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost”, Rajshekhar Rajaharia tweeted.
Rajshekhar Rajaharia is a cybersecurity expert who was one of the first ones to report this WhatsApp scam.
Surprisingly, the malicious WhatsApp Pink app appears to be similar to the original version of the app, making it difficult for users to distinguish between the two. However, certain details, such as the Settings menu, seem to be different. The features listed here are not included in the original WhatsApp, as regular its users would know.
The hacker’s aim appears to be to gather as much user data as possible, Rajaharia told Gadgets 360.
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He went on to say that WhatsApp Pink was mostly aimed at cops and journalists. Police officers in Delhi and Rajasthan were initially sent a link to download the app.
A Delhi Police inspector, told Rajaharia about WhatsApp Pink after seeing the message being circulated in one of the police groups on WhatsApp.
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The bad actors who spread the WhatsApp Pink message seem to have used various links. Nonetheless, users are advised not to open any such links that claim to offer new WhatsApp themes or features. It is always recommended downloading or update any app from the Play Store or App Store only.