Cyber Attack Alert! WhatsApp Cloned App Might Spy On Indians Via Audio, Video Recording

Delhi: Technology in contemporary era is progressing exponentially. With this growth, there is also an increasing risk of cyber attacks. According to a recent report by by cyber-security firm ESET, India is among the countries with highest number of Android trojan detections. These trojan agents are malware files or code that arrive on a target device undetected, often blended with or disguised as another app and then spy on the target devices, with capabilities going as far as secretly recording audio and video.Also Read – Amid Tension With Russia, ‘Massive’ Cyberattack Targets Ukraine Govt’s Websites

Such malicious apps have a wide range of spying capabilities, including recording audio and video. Also Read – GB WhatsApp Update: How Does it Work? Is it Dangerous for Users? Everything We Know So Far

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Behind a large portion of Android spyware detection in the past four months was ‘GB WhatsApp’ — a popular but cloned third-party version of WhatsApp, according to the report by cyber-security firm ESET.

“The cloned app is not available on Google Play and, therefore, there are no security checks in place compared with the legitimate WhatsApp, and versions available on various download websites are riddled with malware,” said the report.

The worst part about a trojan malware is the attacks will not be immediately noticeable and while the malicious code may spy on you, day-to-day performance of your phone may not be affected enough to notice a difference. This is why these attacks are not only difficult to spot, but also to get rid of, often requiring a full devices reset to wipe the malicious code.
India (35 per cent) was also ranked second after China (53 per cent) as the geolocation for bots making up the largest internet of things (IoT) botnet called ‘Mozi’ from May to August 2022.

The IoT botnet ‘Mozi’ saw the number of bots drop by 23 per cdnt from 500,000 compromised devices to 383,000 in May-August. However, China and India continued to have the highest number of IoT bots geolocated inside the respective countries.

“These statistics confirm the assumption that the ‘Mozi’ botnet is on autopilot, running without human supervision since its reputed author was arrested in 2021,” said the report.

The report also examined threats mostly impacting home users.

“In terms of threats directly affecting virtual and physical currencies, a web skimmer known as Magecart remains the leading threat going after online shoppers’ credit card details,” said Kovac, according to a report by IANS.

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