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Retrospective of WhatsApp 2018: new scam hits thousands of users | Social networks

A message that promises a retrospective of WhatsApp 2018 the new scam on the messenger. The resource would function as a memory, capable of recalling activities such as photos sent, status and conversations. However, action is a trap for cybercriminals to entice people to access a link and thus profit from the number of clicks from advertisements on the page. According to data collected by PSafe, an Internet security company, 339 thousand cases were detected in 16 hours and the number continues to grow. In response to TechTudo, the company's experts stated that this type of common scam in the messenger, since the use of social engineering by hackers recurring on the platform.

Senior Kaspersky Lab security analyst Fabio Assolini analyzed the case and concluded that it was a malicious content. However, it is not possible to state precisely the effects caused by it. "What happens when sharing the message with contacts varies according to the smartphone, the language, the region, etc.", says Assolini. In tests carried out by the company, two results were found: redirection to pages of supposed promotions, used to capture email addresses, or false warning of a problem on Android, with the suggestion of installing malicious software (Brazilian mobile banking trojan).

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Fake feature offers retrospective on WhatsApp in 2018 Photo: Reproduo / TwitterFake feature offers retrospective on WhatsApp in 2018 Photo: Reproduo / Twitter

Fake feature offers retrospective on WhatsApp in 2018 Photo: Reproduo / Twitter

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To view the results of the retrospective, interested parties should share the message of dissemination of the false news until completing a loading bar displayed on the digital address. The attitude opens gaps for accessing personal information, such as name, phone number and even bank details. One reason that may have influenced user engagement is the fact that this type of traditional Facebook campaign, which displays the most liked photos, comments and new friends added at the end of each year through a personalized video, see how to do it.

The social network is often the target of criminal actions of this type, but as the system adopted by the platform uses the end-to-end encryption method, it is difficult to identify the origin of the message. Therefore, users should be careful not to be victims in such cases. One of the ways of checking by checking for spelling errors, the presence of special characters and when asking the sending contact for the source of the information. WhatsApp has also created a feature to report suspicious content natively, which makes it easier to detect fake news, also known as fake news.

In addition, it is worth using a tool created by the University of So Paulo (USP) and the Federal University of So Carlos (UFSCar) for WhatsApp, without leaving the application. Another measure is to use the online resources developed by the Fato or Fake page, which aims to confirm the authenticity of subjects circulating on the web.

It is worth remembering that, only in the months of November and December, the messenger suffered at least three different strokes. The most recent of these involved the global beverage brand Coca-Cola with the offer of gifts. Another reached more than 5,000 people by cloning the number of cell phones that were used to send messages with requests for money. The third attack took advantage of the Christmas celebrations to create a false promotion for the cosmetics company O Boticrio, which supposedly offered products from its makeup line.

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