Millions of WhatsApp users warned about “hacked apps that steal your texts” – checklist now

WHATSAPP users have been told not to use scam chat apps as they may steal your private information.

Meta bosses are fed up with copycat apps and are now taking legal action against some of them.

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Facebook owner Meta is suing three Chinese companiesPhoto credit: Getty

Mark Zuckerberg’s tech empire has accused three companies called HeyMods, Highlight Mobi and HeyWhatsApp of misleading over a million WhatsApp users into “self-compromising their accounts in an account takeover attack”.

WhatsApp says that they have developed multiple versions of at least two malicious apps, including one known as AppUpdater for WhatsPlus 2021 GB Yo FM HeyMods and another known as Theme Store for Zap.

They apparently used hidden malware to hijack people’s accounts.

This allowed hackers to send commercial spam messages, legal documents say.

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These unofficial versions of WhatsApp were found on the Google Play Store and could be downloaded on external websites, including APK Pure, APKSFree, iDescargar, and Malavida.

AppUpdater for WhatsPlus was installed on the Google Play Store by more than a million Android users, according to reports, before it was shut down computer beeps.

WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart had already warned fans about the problem in July.

“Recently, our security team discovered hidden malware in apps — served outside of Google Play — by a developer called HeyMods, which included “Hey WhatsApp” and others,” he said.

“These apps promised new features but were just a scam to steal personal information stored on people’s phones.

“We shared our findings with Google and worked with them to combat the malicious apps.

“We are also taking enforcement action against HeyMods to prevent future harm and will explore other legal avenues to hold HeyMods and others like them accountable.”

WhatsApp users are actually not allowed to access the service through an alternative app.

This is one of several ways your account can be banned.

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