Fake Versions

Fake Versions of messaging app discovered WhatsApp warns users

WhatsApp’s CEO admits the company discovered fake versions of the app.

Will Cathcart warns users against using fake App versions.

He advises users to only download WhatsApp from reputable app stores.

WhatsApp, a Meta-owned instant messaging service, has warned users against downloading fake versions of the app, claiming that doing so could endanger users’ security.

Fake Versions

Will Cathcart, the Head of WhatsApp, revealed on Twitter that the company’s security team discovered a fake version of WhatsApp outside of Google Play that was offering new features to users.

“Recently, our security team discovered hidden malware within apps — offered outside of Google Play — from a developer called “HeyMods,” which included “Hey WhatsApp” and others,” he said in a tweet.

Will Cathcart warned users that such phony versions were a scam designed to steal personal information from people’s phones.

“The company is taking actions against HeyMods to prevent future harm,” it continues, “and will further investigate legal options to hold HeyMods and others like them accountable.”

With the latest security threat in mind, WhatsApp’s CEO urged users to only download WhatsApp from a trusted app store.

“If you see friends or family using a different form of WhatsApp, please encourage them to only use WhatsApp from a trusted app store or directly from our official website at http://WhatsApp.com/dl,” he advised users.

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