Dangerous virus spread through mailing list found in WhatsApp

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US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — ESET security researcher Lucas Stefanko spoke about the detection of a dangerous virus in the WhatsApp messenger. He noted that malware is automatically spread through messages, writes WeLiveSecurity.

The virus enters the smartphone after the user receives a link to the Huawei Mobile application, where he is informed about the possibility of allegedly winning a smartphone. After clicking on the link, the WhatsApp user is redirected to a site similar to the Google Play application store, where he is asked to install the program.

After completing the installation, the application requests access to notifications, and it is through them that attacks will be carried out, since, using the quick response function, the virus sends the link to other users. At the same time, such mailings can be carried out once an hour, which, according to Stefanko, is an attempt by malware to disguise itself.

It is noted that the software also requests permissions to run in the background and work on top of other applications. Usually, as the expert notes, such methods are often used by fraudsters to make money by displaying advertisements on the smartphone screen. However, this virus spreads only in the version of smartphones running on the Android operating system, according to the material dated January 26.

On January 4, Roskachestvo gave advice on protecting against personal data leakage. According to experts, half of all stolen data in Q1 2020 are logins and passwords. To minimize the risk of leakage, first of all, you should not click on suspicious links.


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