Do you use WhatsApp? Beware of new methods of cybercriminals!

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Cybercriminals have new methods of operation aimed at users of the popular WhatsApp messenger. Here's what you need to know to avoid falling victim to hackers.

The CERT Polska team warns against a new type of fraud carried out on WhatsApp, one of the most popular communication applications. The platform has become a target for new, dangerous methods of cybercriminals. Recently, a number of attacks have been detected that can lead to loss of control over a user's account.

Cyber ​​criminals have developed skillful strategies to gain access to WhatsApp accounts using fraudulent methods and manipulation. One of the latest attack scenarios is sending fake SMS messages informing the victim about the alleged blocking of the account and calling for an urgent response.

Cybercriminals on WhatsApp. How do they attack?

The potential victim receives an SMS message informing about the alleged blocking of the account and the urgent need to respond, with the attached link suggesting the possibility of reactivating the service.

However, after clicking the link, the victim is redirected to a fake website prepared by fraudsters, where he is encouraged to provide a verification code under the pretext of ending the account blockade.

If the victim provides this information, fraudsters gain full access to their WhatsApp account, which can lead to further malicious activities, including financial fraud.

How to defend against attacks?

The CERT Polska team recommends that you be particularly careful when the message you receive is intended to cause concern (e.g. a threat to block your account) and puts pressure on you to act quickly.

Any suspicious messages received on WhatsApp (and not only) can be reported to CERT Polska at 8080.

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