Millions of Android smartphone owners have warned about fake data-stealing apps that can spy on your WhatsApp messages

ANDROID users have been warned about fake VPN apps capable of stealing information from WhatsApp.

Hackers have devised a dummy site designed to trick people into installing malicious data-hungry apps.

Hackers have created a fake website for SecureVPN

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Hackers have created a fake website for SecureVPNPhoto credit: ESET

They use and abuse the real SecureVPN name to capture victims.

Once installed, the hackers can retrieve contacts, text messages, recorded phone calls and even chats from popular apps.

It uses accessibility services on your device to track the keys you tap.

This effectively means that a cybercriminal could be actively spying on anything you send via WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Telegram, or pretty much any other popular messaging platform.

The campaign has been attributed to a notorious cyber mercenary group called Bahamut ATP.

They are known for offering hack-for-hire services mostly targeting specific companies and individuals in the Middle East and South Asia.

Besides creating a fake version of SecureVPN, the hackers also created scams of SoftVPN and OpenVPN, experts from ESET revealed.

And they say it’s still active at the moment.

“It uses the same method of proliferating its Android spyware apps through websites impersonating or masquerading as legitimate services as it has in the past,” ESET explained.

“Moreover, the spyware code, and therefore its functionality, is the same as in previous campaigns, including collecting data to be exfiltrated into a local database before being sent to the operator’s server, a tactic used in mobile cyberespionage.” apps is rare.”

They added: “The campaigns using the fake SecureVPN app try to keep a low profile as the website URL is most likely delivered to potential victims with an activation key that is not provided on the website.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to obtain a working key.”

Although Google’s open approach to Android means you can download apps anywhere, it’s widely seen as risky.

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It’s better not to install apps from outside the Google Play Store as they don’t go through the same verification process.

But even the Google Play Store has some shady apps slipping through the net, so be sure to read the reviews and make sure the provider looks legit.

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