Fake Whatsapp download tricks over 1 Million Android Users

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  1. Ian

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    A "fake" version of the popular messaging application Whatsapp has been downloaded over 1 Million times from the Google Play store. By crafting an extremely similar looking application and identical appearing download title, many users have inadvertently downloaded an application that makes money via advertising (rather than serving a useful purpose!). Worryingly, this same mechanism could be used for more troubling things, such as malware:

    ZDNet have more:
    http://www.zdnet.com/article/fake-w...oid-users-on-google-play-did-you-fall-for-it/
     
    Ian, Nov 6, 2017
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    V_R ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Moderator

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    This looks real bad on Google tbh. They need to crack down on this stuff.

    Makes the new Play Protect look utterly pointless.
     
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    Yup, over 1 million downloads before it was pulled too :eek:.
     
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