Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko), a malware researcher who works for ESET, shared a video that clearly shows how this malware works. First of all, the user will get a message, which will have the temptation to win a mobile for free and will also include a link in the message. Now if the user clicks this link in greed, then a fake Google Play page of Huawei Mobile App will open in the browser. This page closely resembles Google Play. If the user downloads and installs this app, like you apps, this app also asks the user for multiple access to the phone. It takes possession of your phone as soon as it is given access. Stefanko has called this malware a ‘Worm’.
Android WhatsApp Worm?
Malware spreads via victim’s WhatsApp by automatically replying to any received WhatsApp message notification with a link to malicious Huawei Mobile app.
Message is sent only once per hour to the same contact.
It looks to be adware or subscription scam. https://t.co/NYbh2A9Y6M pic.twitter.com/2tFgLyG94O
– Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) January 21, 2021
Researcher says that this WhatsApp Malware is designed in such a way that it uses Android’s Quick Reply feature. This means that as soon as you get a WhatsApp message, this malware will replicate the message itself and you won’t even know. This message will also have a free mobile winning text written and the same link will be included. If this is the reason, this malware is becoming increasingly viral. Lukas says that this malware is sending messages every hour.
Not only this, Stefanko believes that at the moment, this malware is spread only for the purpose of making money by showing advertisements, but it can also be used to get the personal and financial information of the user.
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