Scammers invite users to change the color WhatsApp application with just one click. This is the theme of the new company to install advertising applications on the phone and on the victim's computer, as described in the company ESET Cybersecurity.
Customize the look and feel of the application has always been a strategy often used by fraudsters to convince users to install malware on their computers or smartphones – however, if these options are available in fact, you can find them right in the app settings, without booting the other solutions.
Impact may be even more compelling by the fact that WhatsApp has recently begun testing a way to realize a dark messenger. On the staff last week WABetaInfo It showed that the latest testing applications already have this option on your Android and iPhone.
ESET researchers have shown that the links scattered around the company respond differently if you make available through the Android phone or your computer using a web-WhatsApp.
As scam that promises to change the color of WhatsApp
The attack can be automated, if the victim is infected computer. For this purpose it is necessary to press a link via a web-WhatsApp, which is proposed to install a Chrome extension called «Black Theme for Whatsapp», which will change the application to a darker color.
Page tries to convince the user to install the extension on Chrome, to change the color of WhatsApp Web
Extension is available in the Chrome Web Store, more than 15,000 units and, in the opinion of users, it has been used by Brazilians.
If you install the extension, and open the Web-WhatsApp, it automatically sends a message to the entire list of active chats, inviting them to change the color of the application. It makes no sense to close the screen, since the messages are transmitted cell.
Damage occurs here more for the spread of the company than installing hidden software on your computer. However, if the link with the & # 39 is accessed by a mobile phone, with a & # 39 message appears asking the reader to share the app with friends 30 or 10 of the "release" feature that changes color WhatsApp.
The page is displayed in the cell will release a color change function for WhatsApp users share the link with your friends
Even if you do not send messages, the page displays a link to download (application installation file for Android) APK called «best_video.apk», as well as the activation of the page request message, which is a server located in Russia.
ESET says that if the victim let all of the above occurs, the cell is infected with a family of Trojans that spread advertising (malware advertising), among users of Android.
Appendix «best_video.apk» when installed, leaves no clear evidence that are running on the device. His icon is hidden and only activated when you are browsing the Internet, showing advertising banners of various legal advertising services.
Often, the victim may not realize that your phone is infected – a device, in turn, could even lose their jobs. Meanwhile, scammers earn money by viewing those advertisements on the & # 39; waking.
So if someone sends you a message indicating the change in WhatsApp color, notification of fraud.