WhatsApp alert: Hoax message about virus can ‘hack your phone in 10 seconds’
National Information Technology Board (NITB) has warned WhatsApp users they could be hit by a hack spreading across the world.
“A malicious video named Argentina is circulating on WhatsApp that shows COVID-19 curve is flattening in Argentina,” the board warned in a tweet.
“Do not open the link as it hacks your phone in 10 seconds and it cannot be stopped in anyway,” it further added.
Stay Updated with @NationalITBoard Cyber Alerts | A malicious video named ” Argentina” is circulating on WhatsApp that shows how the COVID-19 curve is flattening in Argentina.
Do not open the link as it hacks your phone in 10 seconds & it cannot be stopped in any way. pic.twitter.com/3EnBArmHxT
— National Information Technology Board (@NationalITBoard) January 11, 2021
WhatsApp on their website has guidance on how to deal with hoax messages and tell-tale signs of how to spot one.
- The sender claims to be affiliated with WhatsApp
- The message content includes instructions to forward the message.
- The message claims you can avoid punishment, like account suspension, if you forward the message.
- The message content includes a reward or gift from WhatsApp or another person.
It is pertinent to mention here that many users are criticising the Facebook-owned app WhatsApp after it’s new policy update has raised security concerns.
Signal and Telegram messaging apps are seeing a sudden increase in demand after larger rival WhatsApp’s updated terms of service raised eyebrows on social media.