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Beware of Pink WhatsApp: Malware App Raises Concerns in Malaysia & India

Updated: Jan 5

[Edited] In a recent announcement, Malaysia's communications regulator, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), has cautioned the public about a dangerous application called Pink WhatsApp.

Pink WhatsApp
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The MCMC has stated that this app poses a serious security risk and should not be downloaded.


Pink WhatsApp falsely advertises enhanced security and privacy features, a customized interface, and the ability to transmit larger files compared to the original WhatsApp. However, the MCMC has revealed that this malicious application can gain access to sensitive data stored on users' smartphones, including photos, SMS messages, and contact lists.


The regulator has advised individuals who have already downloaded Pink WhatsApp to delete it immediately. Additionally, the MCMC recommends that users only download mobile applications from official stores such as the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Huawei App Gallery to ensure their safety.


This warning from Malaysia follows a similar advisory issued by the police in Mumbai, India.

The Indian advisory highlighted the risks associated with Pink WhatsApp, stating that the app bombards users' devices with numerous ads and can lead to a loss of control over the device. Fraudsters can also access personal data, such as one-time passwords (OTP) and contacts, through this malicious app.


WhatsApp, the parent company of the original messaging app, has responded to queries about the malicious app by pointing users to safety information on its website. The company warns that unofficial apps may contain malware that can steal users' data and cause damage to their phones. WhatsApp also has the authority to temporarily or permanently ban users' accounts if they are found to be using unofficial third-party apps.

As the threat of malicious apps continues to grow, it is crucial for users to exercise caution and only download applications from trusted sources. By adhering to these guidelines, individuals can protect their personal information and ensure the security of their devices. In conclusion, Malaysia's communications regulator has issued a warning against downloading the malicious Pink WhatsApp app due to its serious security risks.

 
  • Malaysia's communications regulator warns against downloading the malicious Pink WhatsApp app.

  • Pink WhatsApp falsely advertises enhanced features but can access sensitive data on users' smartphones.

  • Users are advised to delete the app and only download from official app stores.

  • The warning follows a similar advisory issued by the police in Mumbai, India.


Source: CNA


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