1M Download of Fake WhatsApp

A fake version of the WhatsApp messenger app was transferred more than a million times from the Google Play Store before it was deleted.
The app, "Update WhatsApp Messenger", seemed to have been developed by the secure behind the actual program - WhatsApp Inc.
Allowing to users on net forum Reddit, the false attached with ads and might download software to users' devices.
It has now been removed from the Google Play Store.
Who was behindhand the app managed to make it look as though its developer was "WhatsApp Inc.".
They did this with that lookalike name, however substituting the space with a special character that appearances like a space.
The subtle alteration would have been almost untraceable to the normal user.
Users getting automatic updates through the actual WhatsApp would not have been affected.
It is far from the first interval that Google has had to clean up fake hateful apps on the Play Store.

In 2015, the firm had to step in and block one package that disguised itself as a battery monitor and directed premium-rate text mails from people's phones.


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