Malware infects the computer on which the application is installed and acts as a mediator for the download of more and more viruses.
WhatsApp is, without a doubt, the most crucial messaging app in the world. With over two billion people registered on its platform, it is the third most popular social network, behind only Facebook and YouTube, which are ranked first and second, respectively. For this reason, it is not unusual that, as it works with most popular software, some people or companies live developing unofficial versions of WhatsApp with some characteristics that the original has not adapted for itself or that it has only half.
For example, one of the most popular is WhatsApp Plus, a version that, unlike regular WhatsApp, allows you to customize several essential details of the interface, such as the color or design of the menus or chats.
However, while they may seem more attractive, these types of applications bring users a series of bad experiences installing them on their cell phones, especially those that have the Android operating system. As a result, it is not uncommon to see reports from companies specializing in cybersecurity that report irregularities by these versions, in which, of course, computer viruses are the protagonists.
This is the case recently with a new malware known as the FM WhatsApp, which infects the computer on which the application is installed and acts as a mediator to download as many viruses as possible.
According to Kaspersky, this malicious software is part of the Trojan family and is popularly known as Triada.
How does the Triada virus work?
As explained by the company of Russian origin, Triada is nothing more than a Trojan that mediates between the user (without him realizing it) with another class of malware that, although it sounds incredible, enters the mobile under the authorization of the person.
Thus, it is only necessary for the virus to be downloaded to the cell phone to start showing excessive advertising or even to generate a series of subscriptions of which the user does not know. In the most extreme case, the malware could intercept other types of personal information by sending text messages that people must accept to log into the app.
"With this application, it is difficult for users to identify potential threats because the mode (malware) serves its purpose: to add additional functions. However, we have seen how cybercriminals have started to spread malicious files through the advertisements of these applications," said Igor Golovin, an expert at Kaspersky.
Taking this into account, Golovin assured that there are no shortcuts to control the consequences of this virus. The best thing is simply not to download FM WhatsApp or any unofficial version of this application.
For this reason, we recommend using only messaging software downloaded from the official App Stores. They may lack some extra features, but they will not install a lot of malware on your phone.
At the moment, cases of victims of this virus have been reported in some Latin American countries, such as Mexico, with 2474 detections, Brazil (2337), Venezuela (690), Colombia (636), Peru (362), Argentina (311 ), Ecuador (226) and Chile (160).
In conclusion, it is advisable to continue relying on the original WhatsApp software and the periodic updates that its parent company, Facebook Inc., creates to keep its users safe from all kinds of cyberattacks.