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Fake WhatsApp Riskware Points to Copycatting

posted onApril 5, 2018
by l33tdawg
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An Android app dubbed WhatsApp Plus has been unmasked as a variant of Android/PUP.Riskware.Wtaspin.GB, which steals information, photos, phone numbers and so on from a mobile phone.

Fake WhatsApp riskware, usually found in third-party app stores, dates back to mid-2017. However, the newest version is notable in that its pathology indicates a copycat phenomenon occurring among malware developers.

The malware, once installed, tells users that their app is out of date and offers a download link. Once clicked, users are taken to a webpage written entirely in Arabic. The page calls the app “Watts Plus Plus WhatsApp” and purports to be developed by someone named Abu.

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