If you get this message from a friend, it is probably a trick to hack your WhatsApp. See how you can protect yourself.
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The hackers they don’t waste time and every time their hacking tactics are exposed, they invent new ones. This time, a user alerted about a new system to hack WhatsApp pretending to be a message from any of your friends. Here we tell you how it works and how you can protect yourself from a possible attack in this app.
This new form of fraud begins when the user receives a text message with a six digit number. This comes, supposedly, from part of the platform itself WhatsApp. Shortly after, another message arrives, this time in the app and from the chat of one of his contacts.
“Hi, sorry, I mistakenly sent you a 6-digit code by SMS. Can you transfer it to me, please? It is urgent”, said the British presenter Alexis Conran, who exposed the hack on his account Twitter.
This is a WhatsApp scam that continues to catch people out.
It starts with this text message that arrives on your phone out of the blue pic.twitter.com/U8iawbWoiz
— Alexis Conran (@alexisconran) April 1, 2021
Actually, at this point your friend’s account has already been hacked and you follow. “The scammers are now trying to hack all of your contacts. You’re one of them”added the actor and writer.
Conran explains that the first message comes to you because hackers they are trying to configure WhatsApp with your number on a new device. Upon detection, the app sends a 6-digit authorization code to your cell phone via SMS.
If you fall into the trap and share this code with your WhatsApp ‘contact’, your account will be hacked.
So you can protect yourself from this fraud on WhatsApp
To avoid being a victim of this type of fraud you can activate the two-step verification, proposes the presenter. Or, as soon as the suspicious message reaches you, you should contact your friend from another application other than WhatsApp (because it is already intervened) to confirm her identity.
While Alexis Conran’s post does not clarify the purpose of the hack, some cybercriminals have been known to do so to ‘hijack’ the accounts from users and then extort them, promising to return them in exchange for some amount of money. Also, with this they have access to all your contacts to replicate the system and keep looking for victims who fall for its ruse.