WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps, used by billions of people around the world. While the Facebook-owned company adds many new features to the platform, users still turn to mod apps to get some additional benefits. Notably, mod apps are apps modified by third-party developers, which may provide you with some additional features. But these apps can prove to be a big threat to your privacy. One such app is FMWhatsApp, which can steal your personal data.
Cyber security firm Kaspersky has discovered a new WhatsApp mod app called FMWhatsApp. This Fake WhatsApp App works to deliver malware to users’ devices. The security firm says that this is Triada Trojan malware, which steals data from users’ devices. As we mentioned, mod apps are developed by third-party developers based on the original app. It looks like a real app, but users get additional features in them.
Kaspersky’s report says that this mod app runs malware-laden ads on the device and some of these ads are such that they keep running in the background without the user’s knowledge. They gain access to the device in such a way that their data is stolen without the knowledge of the users. FMWhatsApp also asks users for permission to read SMS. By gaining access to SMS, the fake app steals the information contained in the private and very important messages of the users. They earn premium subscriptions to several services by obtaining the user’s verification code.
Kaspersky has advised users to avoid such clone apps. There are currently millions of Android and iOS apps cloned and modded, which can slow down your smartphone and what’s even more dangerous is that these apps can steal your personal data. Many apps are able to gain access to your accounts. In such a situation, you download only the apps available in Google Play and Apple App Store and read the review of those apps first and then install them.