More than 25 million Android users phone have been compromised as a result of the hidden WhatsApp malware and it has put users at risk. Recently, the malware found in WhatsApp has created many fake versions of popular apps and they have tricked users through their services.
Cybersecurity researchers said that around 15 million Android users are at risk as a result of this malware and the number can rise if they do not update the patched version of Android as soon as possible.
WhatsApp malware has been spreading through an app store “9apps.com” which is owned by Alibaba. Moreover, users which are at risk are outside of the U.S and Europe. The malware app automatically download in the background, when a user downloads any app from 9apps.com. The malicious app will be downloaded as an update to the app user has downloaded on purpose.
The User will never know about this WhatsApp malware app which hides itself from the launcher and you cannot find it anywhere on the phone.
This malware was identified by an Israel security group name “Check Point”. They have informed the Google later on. A patch has also been released for the ones who have downloaded any app from the app store. They can download the patch right away.
Researchers have also gotten to know that there are some dormant pieces of malware present in the apps on Google Play Store. It has been unveiled that main intention of the hackers and malicious app developer is to penetrate the apps of Google Play Store in order to destroy and corrupt the major audience through malware.
Victims of these WhatsApp malware in the U.S are around 300,000 while in the UK the amount of affected users is 137,000. This is a major threat on the Google operating system.
Check Point has warned in the blog that due to the ability of this malware app to hide the icons, it can prove harmful to the users’ device.
It has been stated by the researchers that the ads themselves are not malicious, but under the fraud scheme, clicking them will send money back to the hackers as pay per click.