WhatsApp head has a warning for all users: Here’s what he said

WhatsApp, owing to its popularity, is often targeted by scammers for duping WhatsApp users. One way, malicious hackers target WhatsApp users is by sending messages containing links to fraudulent website. Another way they do so is via malware. Now, WhatsApp head Will Cathcart has issued a warning to WhatsApp users against using modified version of the messaging app on their smartphones. Also Read – How to recover deleted messages in WhatsApp: A step-by-step guide

In a thread on Twitter, Cathcart cautioned users against using version of WhatsApp by third-party developers as they hide malware within the apps. He said that while these apps promise new features to WhatsApp users, they also steal user data stored on people’s phones. Also Read – How to export Chrome bookmarks : A step-by-step guide

More specifically, he pointed towards versions of WhatsApp such as ‘Hey WhatsApp’ by a developer called ‘HeyMods’ that contain malware hidden inside the apps.

WhatsApp’s team has promptly highlighted the matter to Google, which in turn, has released an update to Google Play Protect on Android — a program that checks apps and devices for malware and harmful behaviour and deactivates and deletes these apps if it finds something suspicious — to detect and disable versions of WhatsApp by third-party developers that contain the data-stealing malware.