This cloned WhatsApp may be spying on Indian users: Report

WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging apps globally, including India with over 390 million. Cybersecurity research firm ESET has released its latest threat report – T2 2022 Threat Report, whereby GB WhatsApp – a cloned, unofficial third-party version of WhatsApp is running track user chats in India. This clone app is not available on Google Play Store though and is therefore only available for download through the websites. Without any security checks, many versions of application available malware.

“WhatsApp is even temporarily banning accounts from using such unsupported apps, and if these accounts continue to use them, they will be permanently banned from accessing WhatsApp,” the report said.

The report further states that India is one of the countries with the highest number of Android trojan detections. For the uninitiated, a trojan agent is malware that downloads to a computer disguised as a legitimate program. It is very difficult to immediately recognize a trojan malware because it does not affect the day-to-day performance of your phone.

According to the report, India ranked second after China (53%) as the geographical location for the bots that make up the largest Internet of Things (IoT) network named ‘Mozi’ from May to August 2022. According to the report, Android threat detections continued to grow by 9.5% in T2 2022. The IoT botnet ‘Mozi’ saw a 23% drop in bot numbers. The number dropped from 500,000 affected devices to 383,000 in May-August.

These statistics confirm the assumption that the botnet ‘Mozi’ has been on autopilot, running without human supervision since its famous author was captured, the report said. 2021,” said Roman Kovac, Research Director at ESET.

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