Last Updated on April 19, 2021 by Larious
Whatsapp users are receiving a link that claims to change the default WhatsApp theme to pink color. Cyber experts have warned the users to not click on such links. As the link is malicious and can give access to hackers to hack your smartphone. And you may also lose your Whatsapp account.
Whatsapp Pink Theme is a Fake Virus, Beware of the Link
The malicious link is shared on Whatsapp under the name of WhatsApp Pink. The link not only says to change theme color but also offers features to the users. Many Whatsapp users have received a link and forwarded it without knowing the purpose, while few of them reported about the pink link.
A Cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia, said,
“Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink. Complete access to your phone will be lost”.
The malicious WhatsApp Pink looks similar to the main app, so it is hard to find the difference. However, few things like Settings Menu look different. All the regular Whatsapp users will be knowing that the mentioned features are not a part of the official app.
Beware of @WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in #WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of WhatsApp Pink. Complete access to your phone will be lost. Share with All..#InfoSec #Virus @IndianCERT @internetfreedom @jackerhack @sanjg2k1 pic.twitter.com/KbbtK536F2
— Rajshekhar Rajaharia (@rajaharia) April 17, 2021
Rajaharia shared some images from the malicious Whatsapp Pink Theme link that is being shared on the app. You can see the pictures shown in the tweet, the messaging app is shown in a pink color theme.
However, this is not the official update rolled out by WhatsApp. So, beware of this Pink link, as it is created to install the malware on your device and you might lose your Whatsapp account. The main problem of spreading this information is, it is easily spreading via Whatsapp groups.
Jiten Jain, a Cyber intelligence firm Voyager Infosec, said,
“Such malicious apps can be used to compromise your phone and steal personal data like photos, SMS, contacts etc. Keyboard based malwares can be used to track everything you type. It can be used to capture and steal banking passwords. The current case of Pink Whatsapp or Whatsapp Gold is also a case of malware impersonating as fake WhatsApp feature apps”.
According to Jiten Jain, the users should never install any APK or mobile app. Until it is available on the official App Store or Google Play Store.
So, even if you receive any message of Pink Theme of Whatsapp, do not fall for it. Also, share this message with your friends.