WhatsApp Users Hit By Virus

Keep an eye out for scam emails that appear to be from WhatsApp, or you could end up with a nasty case of malware on your iPhone or Android device.

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The offending emails have been reported with subject lines such as "new voice message", “a brief audio recording has been delivered”, “a short vocal recording was obtained” or "an audio memo was missed".

"Cybercriminals are becoming more and more like marketers, trying to use creative subject lines to have unsuspecting emails be clicked and opened to spread malware," said Director of Comodo Antispam Labs, Fatih Orhan.

Once the email is opened and attached virus downloaded (it will be in a compressed ZIP file), you'll have yourself an infected phone. The virus adds itself into an auto-run of the computer's registry, and duplicates throughout system folders. Not fun.

WhatsApp users should treat any emails with suspicion, since notifications for the messenger platform are only ever delivered in the app.



    The virus adds itself into an auto-run of the computer’s registry, and duplicates throughout system folders.
    Not true if you're on a mobile device, iOS in particular – stores files in a sandbox – which are restricted to a Library folder under the guard of the mobile user group. I'm not exactly sure about Android (given how many versions of it exist), but I believe that by default it has a feature which prevents files been opened automatically.

    Last edited 14/01/16 1:49 pm

    Help me out here please, but what had this got to do with WhatsApp?

    WhatsApp don't have your email address, it operates based on your mobile number. So presumably this is just malware infected spam and has nothing to do with whether you have WhatsApp installed?

      The emails are designed to look like they are coming from WhatsApp, and quite a few WhatsApp users have been tripped up by the scam.

    IIRC WhatsApp doesn't request your email address, logic should prevail and make you delete such correspondences immediately...

    Last edited 15/01/16 7:40 am

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