Android users should be wary of messages that are being circulated on WhatsApp and other major messaging platforms and promise to provide a new color theme for WhatsApp. Disguised as an official update for the chat app, the “WhatsApp Pink” theme is in reality a variant of malware that ESET researcher Lukas Stefanko analyzed recently.
“WhatsApp Pink is an updated version of the WhatsApp auto-reply worm we wrote about in January. The Trojan’s updated version doesn’t auto-reply just to WhatsApp messages, but also to messages received on other instant messaging apps, which could be the reason for its apparent wider spread,” said Stefanko.
“The Trojan replies with a link to a website from which it could be downloaded automatically to messages received in apps such as WhatsApp, WhatsApp Business, Signal, Skype, Viber, Telegram, and one of the various unofficial, third-party versions of WhatsApp,” he added.