Cyber security major Kaspersky has reported about this scam. Its researcher has shared information that a modified version of WhatsApp is FMWhatsApp 16.80.0. It is affected by Trojan Triada. With this app, users are given additional features which are not in the original app.
Kaspersky also told that Trojan Triada is present in the new version of FMWhatsApp. Along with this, Advertising Software Development Kit (SDK) is also present with it. On launching this app that is affected by Trojan, it acquires the device’s unique device identifiers such as Device ID, Subscriber ID, MAC address.
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After that they send it to the remote server. The server registers the new device as soon as the information reaches the server. It then downloads the Trojan payload present in the app to the infected device. After this, it decrypts the content and launches it for operation.
Researchers have told about many malware doing this type of activity through FMWhatsApp. These malware download the payload once it is downloaded to the device and this allows hackers to perform multiple functions on the device.
This includes running invisible ads in the background, displaying full screen ads, and activating paid subscriptions without the device owner knowing.
According to the report, FMWhatsApp also takes permission to read the SMS of the device. Because of this, it can easily empty the bank account by subscribing to the paid subscription.
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