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New Android malware uses WhatsApp to spread


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A new form of Android malware has begun spreading itself by creating auto-replies in WhatsApp. Check Point Research recently discovered the malware in a fake application on Google Play.

Now, any users who have downloaded the malicious application and granted the necessary permissions, the malware can use the auto-reply messages in WhatsApp to send the users an evil payload via a command-and-control (C&C) server. This eclectic strategy could be helping attackers to carry out phishing attacks, steal credentials and WhatsApp data as well as spready false information, among other illicit activities.

The fake app on Google Play was called "FlixOnline," a false service claiming to allow users to utilize the Netflix streaming service from anywhere in the world. However, rather than provide access to Netflix, the app actually interacts with the user's WhatsApp account to send those fake auto-replies. In fact, threat actors can even ...


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