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Hackers Forged WhatsApp to Defraud Users of Personal Information

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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Since the inception of social media apps, hackers have been working extremely hard to defraud users of personal information. Likewise, most apps are also trying their best to protect their users’ personal information. Today, Google, in partnership with Android, announced a new program, Rust, to make Android more secure.

However, as we discovered today, alleged hackers are suspected of forging the WhatsApp website to defraud information. Not only that, but they also spend money to place advertisements on Google so that the fake webpage can be placed at the top of the search results page.

With this activity, if users don’t read it carefully, they will be tricked into entering the webpage, clicking to download, and scanning the fake QR code, which will lead to the leakage of personal information.

It closely resembles the fake WhatsApp website created by hackers. The fake WhatsApp website created by hackers is located at “http://www.whatisupcom.com” and is extremely similar to the genuine WhatsApp website.

There is a good probability that internet users may click to download and scan the bogus QR Code if they can’t see it properly and are misled into the webpage, which could lead to the disclosure of personal information.

Despite the websites’ similarities, the fake web pages nonetheless have a lot of security flaws. Only the Simplified Chinese version is available, and clicking to change the font has no effect, which is one of them. This suggests that mainland Internet users who are unfamiliar with the WhatsApp website may be the hackers’ primary target.

Although Google has since deleted the advertisement and restored the original version of WhatsApp as the top search result, you can still view the fake website by inputting its URL directly.

Hence, it is on this pretext that users should be very and take a good look before entering any websites as Hackers forged WhatsApp to defraud users of personal information and even spent money to place ads on Google to make the website on top.


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