WhatsApp issues an urgent warning about a dangerous Android application: delete it now

13 July, 2022
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WhatsApp issues an urgent warning about a dangerous Android application: delete it now

WhatsApp has sent urgent warnings to billions of users about a dangerous Android app that could steal sensitive information from them.


In a Twitter thread, the head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, put users on alert about a malware-ridden Android app called 'Hey WhatsApp', which is from a developer called 'HeyMods'. Cathcart said the app, which may seem harmless at first, is designed to steal sensitive personal data stored on Android phones.


The app was found outside the Google Play Store, but fortunately, Google Play Protect can now detect and disable these malicious and fake versions of WhatsApp. This comes after Google and WhatsApp cooperated to work together to stop this dangerous program in its tracks.


Suffice it to say, if you have the malicious HeyWhatsApp on your phone, make sure to delete it today. Also, if you have a free antivirus app on your phone, run a scan to check if any additional malware is loaded on your device.


Speaking about the threat, Cathcart said, “WhatsApp users should be reminded that downloading a fake or modified version of WhatsApp is never a good idea. These apps appear harmless but may circumvent WhatsApp’s privacy and security safeguards. ". Our security team recently discovered malware hidden within apps - displayed outside of Google Play - from a developer called HeyMods, which included Hey WhatsApp and others. These apps promised new features but were just a trick to steal personal information stored on people's phones. We shared what we found with Google and worked with them to combat malicious apps. Google Play Protect on Android can now detect and disable previously downloaded malicious fake versions of WhatsApp. We appreciate Google's help in its ongoing work to prevent malicious apps from spreading on Android devices."


Cathcart said WhatsApp will continue to work to ban these types of apps from Android devices from now on.


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