Sent WhatsApp photos and documents threatened

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Attackers are spreading spyware disguised as the popular messaging app Viber, which allows you to steal photos and documents from WhatsApp chat. About the spread of malware, warns ESET in the press release received by “Tape.ru”.

Fake Viber attacking Android device. It was discovered by a security specialist at ESET Lucas Stefanko on the website that imitates a legitimate app store Google Play. Fake online recommended the application using the icon, “editor’s Choice”. It was noted that fake Viber is downloaded more 500 million users, he was awarded an average user rating of 4.3, as the original app in Google Play.

When installed on a smartphone or tablet, the program asks for the right to access contacts, calls and messages, and the ability to record audio files, and operations content on the SD card. Thus, malware can steal from your device media files and documents that are sent in the chats of WhatsApp and WeChat, all your photos and downloaded files from the device memory, as well as to record phone calls.

Experts on information security warned of the need to download popular apps only on Google Play. During installation it is recommended to pay close attention to permission requests, and check the ratings of other users and read the reviews. In addition, you need to install on your device antivirus software.

In September, experts in the field of cyber security has detected a dangerous virus-cipher name of the 44th President Barack Obama. A malicious program got access to the files .exe, including system folders, which was unusual for this type of ransomware.

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