Beware Of This Android Malware infecting your contact list on WhatsApp

The malware is said to be a worm that is tricking users into downloading a fake Huawei app. All android users should watch out for this new wormable malware that spreads through WhatsApp and lures them into downloading an app from a website that looks like Google Play.

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HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THIS MALWARE

  • It is a new Android malware spreading through WhatsApp.
  • It is encrypted in the message reading like “Download This application and win a Mobile Phone.”
  • After the app gets installed on the phone, the wormable malware infects the contact list.

HIGHLIGHTS ABOUT THIS MALWARE

  • It is a new Android malware spreading through WhatsApp.
  • It is encrypted in the message reading like “Download This application and win a Mobile Phone.”
  • After the app gets installed on the phone, the wormable malware infects the contact list.

Do not fall for any WhatsApp message that reads, “Download This application and Win Mobile Phone.” This message can be a wormable malware that can infect your entire contact list and, at the same time, steal all your details. According to ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko mostly, all Android users are at high risk of this WhatsApp message malware. After looking into this nasty Android WhatsApp malware, he discovered that the message attempts to trick the users into downloading a fake Huawei app, asking several permissions, including the Notification Access, to instantly reply to WhatsApp messages with a link to the scamming site.

  • How does it work:

This malware was reported by Twitter user @ReBensk at first, who claimed that its primary purpose is generating fraudulent advertising revenue for the people operating it. Stefanko further added that the malware spreads through the victim’s WhatsApp. It automatically replies to any WhatsApp message notification, which links to a fake and malicious Huawei Mobile app.

Even though the Huawei app looks authentic, but it isn’t available on the Google Play Store. The malware keeps prompting the users to download and installing the app from the web. Thus, all the security precautions on Android devices get avoided. After the installation is complete, the Huawei Mobile app requests users to enable various functions and permissions, including notifications, drawing over other apps, and ignoring battery optimization.

According to Stefanko, “This worm spreads via messages to WhatsApp contacts only when the last received message by the victim was sent more than an hour ago.” Also, according to him, this is done to raise suspicion among the victim’s contacts, as to receive a link as a response to every message might be alarming. This malware is also said to be having the ability to distribute banking trojans, ransomware, or spyware, even though the WhatsApp malware is currently being used as an adware or subscription scam campaign.

To protect yourself, it would be best to avoid clicking on any suspicious links. Make sure to only download apps from Google Play Store for using a reputable security solution.

Written by: Mannat Manuja || LinkedIn

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