WhatsApp users in India reported that they received a link on WhatsApp stating that the theme of the application will change from green to pink. According to online user reports, the link also promises new features for WhatsApp users. The messages that WhatsApp users receive are disguised as official updates from the Facebook-owned messaging platform. Internet security researcher Rajshekhar Rajaharia also warned users on Twitter. He said in a tweet that the malicious link can fully access the user’s smartphone and that the user will lose access. The “Pink WhatsApp” link is an APK link that makes people believe that it will install an external APK file on their smartphone.
It is recommended that users stick to basic operations and do not install any APK or mobile app except those available from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. These malicious apps can be used to damage the user’s smartphone and steal important data. It can be used to capture and steal bank passwords. The TechRadar report quoted a cybersecurity expert as saying that the previous Pink WhatsApp or WhatsApp Gold was a case of malware that was faked as a fake working WhatsApp app.
WhatsApp did not comment on this specific situation. The company was quoted in a report as saying that anyone can receive unusual, atypical, or suspicious news on any service (including email), and in any case the company strongly encourages everyone to do so. Be cautious before responding or participating. Especially on WhatsApp, we also recommend that people use the tools provided by WhatsApp in the app to send reports, report contacts, or block contacts. The company responds to our inquiries as soon as possible.