How bad could a pink WhatsApp logo be? Well, pretty bad in this case. Over the past two days, WhatsApp users have been receiving links on their phones which claim that when accessed, they can turn the instant messaging application’s theme from its trademark green to pink. Additionally, the link also promises new features- but at the cost of a data breach.
Cyber experts have warned users of the messaging application to refrain from clicking on any such link, primarily since it can hack into your device. As per several reports, the link is masked as an official update from WhatsApp. If the user does click on the link, their phones might get hacked and they may lose access to their Whatsapp account. And what’s worse is that a lot of people have shared the link unknowingly, considering it harmless, and somewhat official by the look of it.
Sounding an urgent warning, popular Cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia posted on social media platforms, writing, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in Whatsapp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost.”
When contacted about the matter, Whatsapp said, “Anyone can get an unusual, uncharacteristic or suspicious message on any service, including email, and anytime that happens we strongly encourage everyone to use caution before responding or engaging. On WhatsApp in particular, we also recommend that people use the tools that we provide within the app to send us a report, report a contact, or block contact.”
Interestingly, the malicious WhatsApp Pink is similar to the main application, making it difficult for users to differentiate. However, some things like the Settings menu look different. Regular WhatsApp users will be aware that the features mentioned here are not part of the main app. It is advised to not download any APK or mobile apps that bypass the official App Store such as Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Users should also not forward such contacts to their contacts.