WhatsApp has issued a severe warning to Android users while asking them to be careful about the fake versions of the instant messaging apps. The warning appears in the form of a tweet thread from Will Cathcart, the CEO of WhatsApp, who announced that “users who use any modified version of the app will end up in big trouble.” WhatsApp is one of the most prominent instant messaging mobile applications, with roughly two billion active users. It is furthermore the most popular target of scammers who wishes to trick users through several techniques.
In his tweet, Mr. Cathcart announced that “the security research team of the company found some malicious apps that claim to offer services similar to WhatsApp.Recently our security team discovered hidden malware within apps – offered outside of Google Play – from a developer called “HeyMods” that included “Hey WhatsApp” and others,” he declared in the tweet.
The false versions of WhatsApp are not present on Google Play Store. However, users are baited into downloading these applications from restricted sources. Mr. Cathcart’s warning is specifically for these users.
“Google Play Protect on Android can now detect and disable previously downloaded malicious fake versions of WhatsApp. We appreciate the help of Google for their continued work to prevent malicious apps from proliferating on Android devices,” tweeted the WhatsApp chief.
In the meantime, a report announced that the company had developed a beta version of the new macOS WhatsApp application built on Catalyst technology. The report by WABetaInfo declared that the WhatsApp beta app for macOS is supposed to look entirely different from the present design.