WHATSAPP users have been warned about another malicious trick that could be used by cyber criminals.
Scammers can pull it off by convincing you with a simple phone call.
They want a special code that gives them access to your account so they can message others and start the real money scam.
Rahul Sasi, CEO of cybersecurity company CloudSEk, revealed how the trick works.
The idea uses the automated call forwarding that some cell phone providers offer.
This, along with the ability to send a one-time password (OTP) verification code via voice call, is how hackers do it.
The attacker must first persuade the victim to call a number that begins with an MMI (Man-Machine Interface) code.
“Within minutes, your WhatsApp would be logged off and the attacker would take complete control of your account,” he warned.
But it only works if you fall for the call from the start.
Therefore, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant about who you interact with, even if it may seem harmless.
People usually get a message when their WhatsApp has been registered on another device, so if the hacker tries to keep their victim busy long enough so that they don’t see, they don’t have work to do either.
But it’s still a risk to be aware of.
Thankfully, WhatsApp is working on new ways to improve security amid a spate of scam attacks in recent years.
One idea they’re exploring is a way to require two codes for new devices, making things like this even more difficult for scammers.
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