The latest update from WhatsApp: Since WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world, there are several modes or clones available for download. Although some of these modes bring new features and improve the overall user experience, there are some modes that are too risky to use. One such mode is FMWhatsapp.
According to a Cyber security report coming from KasperskyOne of the most popular WhatsApp modes, FMWhatsApp contains a Trojan that pushes illegal ads on users’ smartphones. The mode may force users to subscribe to random services using a saved payment method. The most risky thing is that this mode app can steal your messages, data and OTP.
What is FMWhatsapp and how does it work?
The report states that FMWhatsapp’s services show in-app ads for monetization. In fact, it has the Triada Trojan in an ad library. Using FMWhatsapp, hackers can deploy the Triada Trojan on the user’s device and once the Trojan is deployed, it scans the data stored on the phone and then sends it back to the hacker’s remote server.
Triada Trojan can then download additional Trojans. This will allow hackers to spam users’ phones with illegal ads and install more adware and malware in the background that will force users to unknowingly subscribe to paid services.
Kaspersky’s Igor Golovin advised not to use private apps. In an official statement, he said, “Users are having trouble recognizing potential threats because the mod app actually does what is suggested – it adds extra features.”
“We have seen how cyber criminals have started spreading malicious files through ad blocks in such apps. That’s why we recommend you use the Messenger software downloaded from the official App Store. They may lack some additional functions, but they will not install a bunch of malware on your smartphone, ”he added.
Therefore, users are advised to use only the official version of the apps and download them from trusted platforms like Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
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