Be on the guard! Whatsapp hackers are sending corrupt Excel file that can steal your bank details.
A dubious link is sent to Whatsapp users as messages from their existing contacts and as a message from government agencies.
The moment the links are opened, the documents can gather sensitive information from users, including online banking details and login credentials.
According to users with similar experiences, the virus is disguised as Microsoft Excel files.
So far the cyber criminals have been operating on Indian WhatsApp users; sending files disguised as coming from official government organisations.
The Whatsapp hackers often send these 2 files- ‘NDA-ranked-8th-toughest-College-in-the-world-to-get-into.xls’ and ‘NIA-selection-order-.xls’.
Since NDA-National Defence Academy- and NIA- National Investigation Agency- are prominent Indian agencies, users out of interest and curiosity click on the links.
Indian officials believe that these Whatsapp hackers are targeting officials working under several security outfits in the country.
“As these two organizations are very popular and known within the country and abroad and there is a curiosity about them, it is possible that it may affect the mobile phones of people interested in these subjects.”
“However, it has been analysed that the men and women in defense, paramilitary and police forces could be the target groups.”– Economic Times.
It is only logical that in time these criminals will pull more stunts in more countries.
With the vast and fast spread of Android phones, the virus is specially designed to work on Android phones.
For safety purposes, Digital Trends, advises Whatsapp users to be careful and not hastily click on links they are not sure where and whom it came from.
“It’s currently unclear exactly how the viruses affect devices, and whether WhatsApp is doing anything to prevent them or not. Safe to say, however, that if you’re not absolutely sure where an attachment comes from, you probably shouldn’t open it.”