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WhatsApp fake voicemail contains malware

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Sep 27, 2013

If you're using WhatsApp, and chances are that you are, then be wary of any new voicemail notifications, as they may just contain malware. Avira technicians discovered the threat, known as TR/Kuluoz.A.27, but it is still causing problems around the world. The voicemail message, masquerading as an official WhatsApp notification, leads users to click the ''Play'' button that instead leads to dodgy websites containing malware.  

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Scammers are taregting WhatsApp right now, so be careful. / © AndroidPIT

Of course, if you click ''Play'' on a voicemail message and it leads to a website, be sure to shut it down immediately. Android users of WhatsApp seem to be particularly vulnerable, downloading a file called ''Browser 6.5'' which then prompts the unsuspecting user to ''Agree'' which in turn starts sending text messages to premium phone number services. As if that wasn't bad enough, the malware will then try to trick you into downloading even more malware.

Microsoft reports that the Kuluoz Trojan is designed to steal passwords and other confidential data from the victim's computer. - Jeff Goldman, eSecurity Planet

The same scam operates on jailbroken iPhones as well as on PCs (for sideloading onto mobile devices), so be on the lookout across all platforms for this kind of voicemail notification. There's also another WhatsApp scam doing the rounds posing as a Facebook ad urging an update of the app. So be careful and if all fails, turn off WhatsApp, put your phone in a ziplock bag, leave it in the freezer overnight and tell 20 friends about it with a smoke signal fire. Or die.

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Do NOT click on Play! / © techblog.avira

Have you received this voicemail notification? Know anyone that has been affected?

Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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