Whatsapp has always been the victim of notorious scam recently we had amazon anniversary gift scam message floating around this time hackers have adopted a new method by which this WhatsApp Scam Could Steal Your Account
New WhatsApp Hacking Scam
Though it’s not actual hacking as we know it, it’s just a manipulation type of hacking. This new scam is different from previous ones and hence a warning is issued for WhatsApp users to stay away from this scam. Mostly these messages are phishing attacks that take your login data, and now a majority of people are aware of these hacks. But the latest one is far more dangerous, as it comes from your own contact.
This WhatsApp Scam Could Steal Your Account and hackers can easily get access to your data,
How Does This WhatsApp Scam Work?
If you were to fall for it, this scam could end up hacking and stealing your account. So how does it work? Basically, users will receive a text message with a WhatsApp activation code.
Alexis Conran’s tweeted about its discovery on twitter
we all know WhatsApp does not use passwords or PINs for user logins. Instead, it sends a One Time Password (OTP) to the users’ phone numbers to identify them.
So it starts with an Otp coming to your phone, you might think that your account must have logged out somehow and the random WhatsApp code must be your new login OTP.
you will then receive a follow-up WhatsApp message from one of their contacts saying they sent you a code by accident, and if you could send the code to them.
Now, this is a crucial point as most people, especially the elderly, will send them the code as the message came from a familiar contact.
However, it is not actually your friend or family member who texted you. It was the hacker who has already taken your contact’s account hostage.
So, once you send them the code, your account will be hacked too! then chain continues after your account is under their control they will use it to target your other contacts
How to Prevent this Scam?
We’re not sure what the hackers are trying to achieve here, but it’s definitely not good. but its seems like they can collect alot of your data, i mean they have your whole freaking account !
If you received a message from your contact asking for an OTP (One Time Password), Contact the person through phone call and tell them that their WhatsApp has been hacked. They should immediately log in to their account, and this will kick out the hacker and they will gain their account’s control.
To prevent such hacks in the future, you can turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on WhatsApp. This will require an additional 6-digit PIN to log in to your WhatsApp account on your device
So if you were to receive such a message, the best thing to do is to ignore or call your contact’s phone number and inform them about the scam. Moreover, as soon as your contact logs back into their WhatsApp account, it will automatically kick out the hacker.
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