A new Trojan (virus) has been found in the modified version of WhatsApp for Android. The name of this virus is Trojan Triada. This malware further downloads a payload, which then increases the risk of malicious activity on the device without the user’s permission. Information about this virus has been received by cyber security Kaspersky. The team’s researcher has shared a report saying that Trojan Troyda affects the modified version of WhatsApp, FMWhatsApp 16.80.0. Such modified apps give additional features to the users, which are not in the original WhatsApp.
Kaspersky noted that the Trojan Triada has now penetrated the new version of FMWhastApp with its Ad Software Development Kit (SDK). It collects unique device identifiers (device IDs, subscriber IDs, MAC addresses) from Trojan-infected apps installed on the phone and sends them back to a remote server.
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The server then registers the new device and sends back a link for a payload. The Trojan in the app then downloads this payload to the infected device, decrypts the content and launches it for operation.
Researchers have identified different types of malware through FMWhatsApp to carry out such activities, while one of them only downloads the above payload, the other can perform various functions on the infected device.
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Kaspersky advises users not to download such ‘unofficial modifications apps’, especially ‘WhatsApp Mods.’ It was told that apart from signing up for unwanted paid subscriptions, users can also lose control of their account. Hackers hijack such accounts to spread spam and malware in your name.
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