Beware of Hackers’ New Jab: WhatsApp Web Feared for Spreading Banking Trojan
Cyber criminals seize the world in panic for their every jab in digital security. Lately, hackers have endeavoured to spread malware through WhatsApp, a popular messaging application, through its latest web client.
WhatsApp has launched its web client to the public in the early part of 2015. With the hopes of making the application more accessible and convenient to its users, the WhatsApp authorities called the application’s feature, WhatsApp Web. However, even if the web site has not been around for very long, it seems that hackers are just in the lookout and were just waiting for a new target to pounce on.
WhatsApp Web gives its users the ability to send and read messages straight from their web browsers. And it seems that this is just what the hackers needed to wreck a new wave of panic among the public.
Bogus WhatsApp Site Out to Spread Banking Trojans
Popular applications and websites are always the prey of cyber criminals. The early part of the year has marked that time for WhatsApp.
Cyber criminals have recently taken into misleading WhatsApp users into downloading a variant of the messaging application. The hackers have masqueraded it as a WhatsApp desktop variation that many users have downloaded into their computers.
According to security researchers from the Kaspersky Labs, they have detected what appeared to be a genuine-looking WhatsApp Web for Windows. The spammers have lured unsuspecting users into downloading it for free, only to implant and spread financial Trojans all over the world.
What is the WhatsApp Hackers Goal?
Cyber criminals may look like they are spurning derailment and distraught for the sheer inconvenience of it but there is a deeper, more disturbing target for the WhatsApp hack.
In the research which revealed the WhatsApp hoax, authorities have found that there are other unofficial yet promising fake WhatsApp versions being offered to Spanish and Arabic speakers. This revelation proved to be disconcerting because it closely resembled the genuine one.
Hackers have targeted WhatsApp with the aim to acquire the mobile numbers of the users. In a number of cases, the WhatsApp cyber criminals have exhorted the users to enter their digits in order to download the fake web client.
When the victims key in their number, the hackers will have the capacity to run spam campaigns. They may also make the victims sign up for premium-rate services.
How to Avoid Being Victimized
All it takes is one unwarranted message to lead a user to harmful web pages which host malware. This could snowball into infecting one’s phone and other harmful activities without even the owner’s knowledge.
Users of the messaging application need to download the web client from the official website of WhatsApp, https://web.whatsapp.com. Acquiring it from somewhere else is out of the question.