WhatsApp urgent warning about dangerous Android app – remove it NOW
WhatsApp has issued a warning to its billions of users about a bad app for Android. In a thread on Twitter, WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart alerted users to a malware-filled Android app called “Hey WhatsApp”, which comes from a developer called “HeyMods”. Cathcart said that this application, which may seem harmless at first glance, is designed to steal sensitive personal data stored on Android phones.
The apps were found outside the Google Play Store, but luckily Google Play Protect can now detect and disable these malicious fake versions of WhatsApp.
It comes after Google and WhatsApp teamed up to work together to stop this dangerous software in its tracks.
Suffice it to say, if you have the “HeyWhatsApp” rogue app on your phone, be sure to remove it today.
And also if you have any legit free antivirus app on your phone then perform a scan to check if any additional malware has been loaded in your device.
Speaking about the threat, Cathcart said, “Reminding @WhatsApp users that downloading a fake or modded version of WhatsApp is never a good idea. These apps seem harmless, but they can circumvent WhatsApp’s privacy and security safeguards.
“Recently, our security team discovered malware hidden in apps – offered outside of Google Play – by a developer called ‘HeyMods’ which included ‘Hey WhatsApp’ and others.
“These apps promised new features but were just a scam to steal personal information stored on people’s phones. We shared what we found with Google and worked with them to crack down on malicious apps.
“Google Play Protect on Android can now detect and disable previously downloaded fake, malicious versions of WhatsApp. We appreciate Google’s support in their continued work to prevent the proliferation of malicious apps on Android devices.”
Cathcart said WhatsApp will continue to work to block these types of apps on Android machines in the future.
While the head of WhatsApp at Meta also said that legal action is being considered to hold accountable HeyMods and developers who create malicious WhatsApp apps.
Cathcart also called on WhatsApp users who see someone they know using a fake version of the chat app to download the official version.
You can download the official version of WhatsApp for iOS, Android, Mac or PC by clicking here.