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Warning!!! Be very Careful the links you open in Whatsapp

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As first reported by The Next Web, a member of Reddit discovered a malicious WhatsApp link is being shared across social media and between WhatsApp users.

Do not click on any link sent to your to change the color of your WhatsApp. This creates a tunnel for unscrupulous people to get access to personal information on your phones, etc. And your guess is as good as mine what they can use this info for. 

Users who visit these bad link are promised the ability to install a version of the WhatsApp app in different colors. Instead, those who follow the instructions end up installing adware, Spyware, etc and literally creating a backdoor for hackers on their computer unknowingly.

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If you’re not paying much attention, the link looks completely legit: шһатѕарр.com

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However, after looking closer you can see the characters seem off. As TNW pointed out, the bad link contains characters from the Cyrillic alphabet.

This technique has been used to trick users of services like PayPal in the past.

Although, unlike the PayPal site, the red flags begin waving the moment you visit the bad WhatsApp page. To start, visitors are instantly redirected to a completely different website.

The first thing you’re asked to do when visiting the site is to share it to your social media accounts or directly to friends as a form of verification, then you’re instructed to install a Google Chrome extension on your computer. That extension is where things go bad, as it’s reportedly adware.

Double-check the URLs you visit. Take a quick glance at the address bar after opening the bad link and you won’t see any reference to WhatsApp. The same goes for clicking links in emails, even when the sender seems legitimate.

Don’t install random apps or extensions on your phone, tablet or PC without first verifying the true source. Don’t join or click anonymous links sent by friends to join groups etc. Be mindful of these things and SHARE THIS NOW. Save a friend from being hacked. 

Credit: CNET

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