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Whatsapp Theme Virus: Link claiming to change WhatsApp theme to pink is a virus, do not click

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Highlights:

  • Beware! Link claiming to change WhatsApp theme to pink is a virus, can hack your phone.
  • The message promises a pink theme to the chat app in addition to new features.
  • The link, if clicked on, can allow hackers to gain complete access to a device.

If you receive a message with a link that claims to turn WhatsApp’s theme from default green to pink, do not click. It is a virus, and clicking on the link may allow cybercriminals to hack your phone. You may also lose access to your WhatsApp account. The link also promises several additional features upon installation.

Several WhatsApp users have reported receiving such a link on their phones, while many have forwarded it without knowing its real purpose.

Whatsapp Theme Virus: Rajshekhar Rajaharia posted on social media platforms.

“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 color theme along with the words “WhatsApp launched new look officially.”

Interestingly, the malicious WhatsApp Pink looks identical to the main application, making it difficult for users to distinguish. A few things like the Settings menu, however, look different. Regular WhatsApp users will know that the features mentioned here are not part of the main app.

In an advisory, cyber intelligence firm Voyager Infosec director Jiten Jain said that users are strictly directed to never install any APK or mobile application other than the ones available on the official app store of Google or Apple.

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.

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