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WhatsApp users around the world have been put on high alert after a nasty scam that exposes users’ private conversations.
Cyber criminals once again target the “WhatsApp” application with a trick that prohibits users from entering their accounts, in addition to hacking private messages, contact list, photos and videos, which hackers may then use to target more users. This new fraud uses an old technique seen previously.
And those who have been scammed usually receive a message on their phones that appears to have come from a friend or contact already saved on your phone (but be warned – these text messages are sent from people who have already been hacked by the scam, as hackers use the contact list to try to lure more Persons falling prey to fraud).
Once the hackers know you are ready to respond, they target your phone and try to access your chat account via your WhatsApp security PIN.
This is a very simple fraud. Whenever you update your smartphone, WhatsApp will ask to verify your identity using your phone number before allowing you to access any conversations that have been backed up to the cloud.
To verify the identity of the person trying to log into your WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company will send a randomly generated six-digit code in a text message to the phone number registered on the account.
Then, the hackers will send you a text message – providing an excuse for the six-digit code that’s sent to you – and asking you to forward it to them. Once the code is sent, WhatsApp believes it is a real attempt to log into your account, and will enable chatting on the hackers’ smartphone.
This fraud circulated earlier this year, and is now discovered again. And it appears that the radio presenter, Jeremy Vine, has fallen into the scam. And he posted a warning tweet to his listeners to try to stop them from running into the ruse.
Currently, it seems that WhatsApp users in India are the main target, but it is good to be on the alert if you get a message asking you to forward on the PIN.
Speaking about the latest scam, Ray Walsh, digital privacy expert at ProPrivacy, said: “WhatsApp users need to look for a disturbing new scam that allows cybercriminals to infiltrate their accounts. Anyone who suddenly receives a message using a one-time PIN code should be Very careful because this is how the attack starts. After receiving the unexpected OTP code, the hacker will send the victim a direct message claiming to be her friend or contact. They will then request that the code be forwarded by claiming to have sent it to them by mistake. This code It is actually the two-factor authentication code to access the victim’s WhatsApp account, and once the victim redirects it to the hacker, he will use it to hack his account. Always watch out for any text messages that contain OTP, never forward these codes or take a screenshot Or pass these codes to anyone, regardless of their validity. ”