Fake app fools some Android users.
A fake version of the popular messaging app WhatsApp has been circulating online and was posted on the Google Play Store, easily fooling more than one million users in installing the counterfeit app. Google immediately removed the app, but not before a bunch of users were tricked into installing the software.
The app ‘Update WhatsApp Messenger’ bears likeness to the actual WhatsApp icon and seems to bear the name WhatsApp, Inc as the name of the developer, which some users assumed as genuine.
But upon installing the said app, the user will then receive various ads along with unintended software installs that might cause potential harm to the user’s device.
Fake and malicious apps have always plagued the Google Play Store. The company did say that it is ramping up the security and approval procedures so such incidents won’t happen again.
If you’re installing an app for the first time, make sure that the developer is genuine by browsing through the app’s description page. If something does not feel right, then don’t install it.