Fake WhatsApp fools millions of Android users

Fake WhatsApp fools millions of Android users

November 7, 2017   10:17 am

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million times from the Google Play Store before it was removed. The app, “Update WhatsApp Messenger”, appeared to have been developed by the firm behind the real program - WhatsApp Inc.

According to users on web forum Reddit, the fake contained ads and could download software to users’ devices.

It has now been removed from the Play Store.

Whoever was behind the app managed to make it look as though its developer was “WhatsApp Inc”.

They did this by using that exact name, though replacing the space with a special character that looks like a space.

The subtle difference would have been practically undetectable to the average user.

Users receiving automatic updates via the real WhatsApp would not have been affected.

It is far from the first time that Google has had to clean up fake malicious apps on the Play Store.

In 2015, the firm had to step in and block one program that disguised itself as a battery monitor and sent premium-rate text messages from people’s phones.

- BBC Tech 

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