WhatsApp Gold application for instant communication has re-emerged on the Internet, amid warnings that the application is nothing more than a hoax in which hackers seek to steal user data.
WhatsApp is one of the most advanced applications on smart devices in the world, with reports in October 2018 that there are about 1.5 billion active monthly users to apply for instant communication, according to figures statistics site “Statista”.
The new version of Malicious Application promises users additional features such as the ability to send more images in a single message, the British Express newspaper reported on Friday.
The hacker uses the rhythm of their victims, a hoax that says this application “was used only by celebrities in the past and now everyone can use it.”
The fake application appeared for the first time in 2016, and it is easy to penetrate the user’s phone after installing it.
A message reached a number of users of the original application invite them to update it again through the “golden version”, accompanied by a link.
WhatsApp has repeatedly said the “gold version” is a “hoax,” saying they do not support any such version and there is no connection between WhatsApp and WhatsApp Gold. We do not support WhatsApp Gold”.
Now our advice is that WhatsApp users should never try to install WhatsApp Gold or any other malicious or un-verified version of WhatsApp from an unknown source. People need to always install or update WhatsApp directly from a designated source, such as Google Play Store or Apple Store.
This malicious message invites users to click on a link to the upgraded version and version with more new features of WhatsApp. When the user clicks the link, it directs them to a website full of malicious software. If you receive any such message, just don’t click on it and delete that message quickly.
WhatsApp Users need to consider authentication of any message before forwarding to others. WhatsApp took a list of significant steps, in recent past to put down the numbers of forwarded messages to curb spamming and fake news circulation, they also limited forwarding messages to only five people.