With malicious attacks by hackers constantly taking new highs, WhatsApp recently has encountered a link scam known as WhatsApp Pink which can allow hackers to gain access to the device on which the link is opened.
Circulated under the name of WhatsApp Pink, this new threat link claims to change the theme of WhatsApp from its original green to that of pink color. It further provides additional features to attract the crowd and tries to legitimize the link by claiming that this new official theme is introduced by WhatsApp. Hence, as a result, several WhatsApp users have confirmed about receiving such a link and among these many have forwarded it without knowing the real truth behind it.
Thus, cyber experts have warned about the dangers of the link stating that is a way for hackers to gain access to the target device and the data on your phones. Thus, it is a scam that does not change any theme color and might also lock the victims out of their WhatsApp accounts or even their smartphones in some cases.
On 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."
Cyber intelligence firm Voyager Infosec director Jiten Jain advises users to only install WhatsApp apps from the official App stores of Google or Apple, and do not use any other APK or mobile app services.
“Such malicious apps can be used to compromise your phone and steal personal data like photos, SMS, contacts, etc. Keyboard-based malware can be used to track everything you type. It can be used to capture and steal banking passwords. The current case of Pink Whatsapp or Whatsapp Gold is also a case of malware impersonating as fake WhatsApp feature apps,” Jain said.
According to PTI, on contacting WhatsApp, they said, “Anyone can get an unusual, uncharacteristic or suspicious message on any service, including email, and anytime that happens we strongly encourage everyone to use caution before responding or engaging. On WhatsApp in particular, we also recommend that people use the tools that we provide within the app to send us a report, report a contact, or block contact.”