The WhatsApp application is used by over 900 million people, who access their accounts daily and keep in touch with their friends and families. This is the reason why some hackers are trying to gain access to computers by sending some phishing emails making it look that the emails come from WhatsApp. We remind you that the emails are sent randomly and even if you don’t have WhatsApp installed on your smartphone, there is a high chance that you will get that phishing email.
The phishing attack will try to trick you into downloading an attachment to your computer. The e-mail will inform you that you have a new WhatsApp audio file that you will need to download in order to listen to. If you are an experienced user, you will realize soon enough that this is a phishing email, as the subject line is quite unusual and it also ends with some random characters.
However, there are still many users who are falling for it and this is the reason why we’ve decided to give you a heads-up. By downloading and opening that file, you will give the hacker access to your personal data. In addition, there are high chances that the hacker will be able to control your computer, delete files from it or even load more malicious files.
Fatih Orhan, the director of Technology for Comodo and the Comodo Antispam Labs, has warned that those that are sending these phishing emails are now trying to use “creative subject lines” in order to make the users believe that those are legit emails. With other words, if you ever see an email from WhatsApp that suggests you to download a file, you’d better delete it right away and don’t download the file, as it will infect your computer.
We’re not sure yet how many users got infected with this malicious file, but we will keep you updated about it.
Have you received the WhatsApp phishing e-mail? Did you open it?