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New Whatsapp Hijacking And Account Deletion Scam Discovered | SCOT UG

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WhatsApp has high privacy features which include end-to-end encryption, Touch ID, Face ID, or Android fingerprint, user-side message storage, and many others. Despite all these security features, WhatsApp accounts still get hacked, users' data is hijacked by hackers for Ransome, fraud, malice, and other illegal intentions, and others get deleted.

WhatsApp is a free messaging app with video and voice calling functionalities that enables users to send text, voice, and video messages to friends and family across the world over mobile data or WIFI with is among the top 10 most used chat platforms with over 2 billion active users worldwide.




How Hackers Get Access to Your WhatApss Account?

The hacker pretends to be from the WhatsApp technical support team and sends a message to the target on WhatsApp reporting a suspicious unauthorized new device and requests verification from the user just like any other user-safety-focused chat Apps like Facebook and WeChat.

According to cyber security experts, the hackers send a text message with a six-digit verification code to the target's phone and another message on WhatsApp requesting a verification code sent via SMS.

Sample SMS used by hackers

"We've sent you an identity verification request to verify root [SMS]. You will be suspended indefinitely if you fail to pass the verification procedure or quit the effort."

As soon as their target sends the verification code to them, the user will lose control over his/her account, and all user data will be stolen and used for illegal activities.

 

What happens if your WhatsApp gets hacked or hijacked?

1. Hackers get access to your groups and private chat information and pretend to be you and send messages to your loved ones.

2. Money extortion from your contacts via impersonation, which could lead to serious financial problems.

3. Your private data, like sensitive chats, photos, and videos shared online or published on other social media platforms, might be unsafe for your job, business, and family.


 


How to Protect Yourself from Hackers and Scammers on WhatsApp?

1. Never share your WhatsApp passcode or SMS verification code with anybody, relatives and friends included.

2. Never confirm the verification codes sent to you if you didn't initiate the request on your WhatsApp device. It could be a WhatsApp hacker trying to act smart.

3. In the case of financial assistance requests made via WhatsApp, kindly confirm with contact via other means of communication available in your country before transfer.

4. Always update WhatsApp to the latest versions since they come with the latest security implantations or additions from WhatsApp's developers. 

5. Avoid taping on links sent to you from a friend or unknown WhatsApp users, as these links might be combined with hidden scripts which might put your online privacy at risk.

6. Always activate two-step verification to provide an extra layer of security on new logins.


Finally, WhatsApp developers promise to protect their users by developing new tools and features to keep you and your data secure from hackers. However, you need to be alert and careful as these tools get implemented. 

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