WhatsApp has stuck to its trustworthy shade of green for years. However, if you’re not a fan of the color, it might be tempting to click on a link from a friend or colleague inviting you to switch to WhatsApp In Pink.
As the imaginative name suggests, it’s a version of the world’s most popular messaging service, erasing the green and replacing it with a bright pink shade. Unfortunately, this isn’t a new color option for WhatsApp users. Instead, it is a scam that allows you to prevent full access to your smartphone.
By accessing everything stored on your device, hackers can steal contact information for friends and family members. So they can send them the link and redistribute WhatsApp Pink, copy photos and videos from your device, get credit card information and other personal information. and much more.
WhatsApp users have highlighted the new scam to draw attention to the trick currently being used by cyber crooks around the world. The link sends users to a webpage to download an APK on their smartphone. APKs are the file used to package Android apps. While it is possible to download apps to your Android phone from the internet, most security experts caution against doing this unless you really know what you are doing – or who you are downloading from.
While Google scans every Android app uploaded to its Play Store for malware (and even then, some scam apps manage to slip the net!), Anyone can upload a rogue app to the internet without verification – and send the link to the unsuspecting one User. And that’s what seems to have happened with the WhatsApp In Pink attack.
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Internet security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia highlighted the latest scam and posted on Twitter: “Beware of WhatsApp Pink! Virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Do not click any link called WhatsApp Pink. More complete Access to your phone will be lost. “
Unfortunately, WhatsApp doesn’t allow Pink users to customize the shade of green on its messaging app. While you can set custom background images for your chat windows and choose between a light and dark theme for the entire app. However, the service still contains many green elements.