WhatsApp Pink is a new virus targeting WhatsApp users, can take complete control over victim’s phone

A malicious link is being shared on a WhatsApp groups that claim to change the theme of the chat application to a pink-coloured one. Under the name WhatsApp Pink, A link is, in fact, an attempt by hackers to gain control over a targeted device.

HIGHLIGHTS :-

  • A message claiming to install a pink version of WhatsApp an a device is being shared on several WhatsApp groups.
  • The message promises a pink theme to the chat application in addition to new features.
  • A link, if clicked on, can allow hackers to gain complete access to a device

WhatsApp users in a under yet another malicious attack by perpetrators of nefarious activities online. The most recent threat comes through the link being shared in the chat platform that can let hackers gain access to the device on which it is opened.

The new threat link is being shared under the name WhatsApp Pink and claims that it can turn the theme of WhatsApp from its iconic green to that of pink colour. The link also offers additional features to lure victims and tries to legitimise its existence by deeming the theme a new official look by WhatsApp. Several WhatsApp users have reported receiving such a link on their phones, while many have forwarded it without knowing its real purpose.

However, a cyber expert has warned that the link performs no actions as advertised and instead is a tool for hackers to gain access to a target device. The link can possibly lock the victims out of their WhatsApp accounts or even their smartphones in some cases.

The expert warns that the link is devious enough to allow the hacker to gain full access to your phone and its data.

Taking to Twitter, cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia wrote, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in Whatsapp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost,”

With the tweet, Rajaharia shared some images from the message being circulated for the WhatsApp Pink download. As seen in the screenshots, the chat app is shown in a new pink colour theme along with the words “WhatsApp launched new look officially.”

Needless to say, this is not an official update by WhatsApp and has only been created to dupe the audience into installing the malicious links. WhatsApp has not been bereft of such targeted attacks in the past. The chat app has often been used as a playground for online threat perpetrators. Part of the problem is the unverified information that is easily spread through WhatsApp groups.

The most common safety tip you can follow at a time like this is not to click on any such unverified or suspicious link. Also, WhatsApp users are suggested to stick to the updates rolled out by WhatsApp only and not be on the lookout for any third-party modifications to make to the app.

India cyber agency issues high severity security warning for WhatsApp users

The agency has stated that vulnerability has been discovered in software that has WhatsApp Or WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.21.4.18 & WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.21.32.

India’s cybersecurity agency have warned WhatsApp users in the country about certain vulnerabilities detected in the messaging Application. Thus vulnerabilities could lead to a breach of sensitive information of WhatsApp users.

The CERT-In or the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has issued a “high” severity rating advisory. The agency has stated that vulnerability have been discovered in a software that have “WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business for Android prior to v2.21.4.18 & WhatsApp or WhatsApp Business for iOS prior to v2.21.32.”

The CERT-In is the national technology arm thay tackles cyber attacks & guards Indian cyberspace.

The advisory reads, “Multiple vulnerabilities has been reported in the WhatsApp applications which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or access sensitive information on the targeted system”.

Explaining the details of these vulnerabilities, a advisory notes that these “exist in WhatsApp applications due to the cache configuration issue & missing bounds check within the audio decoding pipeline.”

“Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow the attacker to a execute arbitrary code or access sensitive information on the targeted system,” it added.

CERT-In’s advisory have stated that WhatsApp users should update to the latest version of the application from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store in order to counter this vulnerability threat.