Wednesday 21 March 2018

WhatsApp users being targeted by phishing attacks


Emma Clark

WhatsApp users may find an e-mail in their inbox, claiming to be from the company. But don't open the attachment or you will download malware.

WhatsApp users are being targeted by a new phishing attack that results in malware being downloaded to their computer.

Users may receive e-mails appearing to come from WhatsApp, but a glance at the actual “From” address shows otherwise. The subjects of the messages indicate that you’ve gotten an audio message, which may make the attachment appear less conspicuous.

You should not attempt to open the compressed ZIP file attached to the e-mail. This will download the malware to your computer, which could then give the sender access to your private information or possibly even control over your computer.

The suspicious e-mails typically have a series of random characters at the end of the subject line too. Cyber security researchers at Comodo Labs say that these are more than likely used for encoding data to then identify the recipient.

“Cybercriminals are becoming more and more like marketers – trying to use creative subject lines to have unsuspecting emails be clicked and opened to spread malware,” Director of Technology for Comodo and the Comodo Antispam Labs, Fatih Orhan, said.

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