Meta has sued companies doing business as HeyMods, Highlight Mobi and HeyWhatsApp for stealing over a million unofficial WhatsApp Android app accounts. Beeping computer has called. According to the complaint, the malware-infected apps were available on multiple APK sites and even the Google Play Store.
“After the victims installed the malicious applications, they were prompted to enter their WhatsApp user credentials,” according to the lawsuit filed in US District Court in San Francisco. “The defendants programmed the malicious applications to transmit the user’s credentials to WhatsApp’s computers and obtain the users’ account keys and authentication information.”
The apps in question are called “Theme Store for Zap” and “AppUpdater for WhatsPlus 2021 GB Yo FM HeyMods”. According to the information, the latter app has been installed more than a million times for the Google Play Store Beeping computer.
WhatsApp boss Will Cathcart warned users not to download the fake apps, saying they are “just a scam to steal personal information stored on people’s phones”. He added that Meta’s findings were shared with Google, and in July, Google Play Protect was updated to detect and disable the fake apps. “We are also taking enforcement action against HeyMods… and will explore legal options to hold HeyMods and others like them accountable,” he said.
Meta said the developers have effectively broken their agreements, although jurisdiction is not clear, as the complaint suggests the companies are organized under the laws of three different regions (Hong Kong, Beijing and Taiwan). In any case, Cathcart offered some advice that applies broadly to any app: “If you see friends or family members using a different form of WhatsApp, please encourage them to only use WhatsApp from a trusted app store or directly from our official website at http://Whatsapp.com/dl.”
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