A malicious version of a popular WhatsApp messenger mod (unofficial modification of the app) called FMWhatsapp has been discovered by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky.
This mod spreads the Triada mobile Trojan, which downloads other Trojans and can launch ads, issue subscriptions, and intercept a user’s SMSs.
Even though WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps for instant mobile messaging, not all users are satisfied with its features.
Looking for the most user-friendly version, people can be tempted to install modified versions of WhatsApp, which provide many more options than the official one (such as choosing dynamic templates or the ability to read deleted messages).
However, these modified apps do not have the same security and encryption features that the official version of WhatsApp has, and the company has often told users that these apps can be dangerous.
In such apps, creators often publish various ads to monetise their work. On the flip side, there are fraudsters taking advantage of this, often distributing malicious code through advertising. Continue reading