BestOfGeeks: SERIOUSLY ! Fake WhatsApp Downloaded By Over 1 Million Android Users 

SERIOUSLY ! Fake WhatsApp Downloaded By Over 1 Million Android Users


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SERIOUSLY ! Fake WhatsApp Downloaded By Over 1 Million Android Users

IN DATE: 03-11-2017 some users marked a fake version of the most popular WhatsApp messaging app for Android on the official Google Play Store that has already downloaded by one million users –WTF-.

Dubbed Update WhatsApp Messenger, came from an app developer who pretended to be the actual WhatsApp service with the developer title "WhatsApp Inc."—the same title the actual WhatsApp messenger uses on Google Play.

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The app maker added a Unicode character space after the actual WhatsApp Inc. name, which in computer code reads WhatsApp+Inc%C2%A0.

However, this hidden character space at the end of the WhatsApp Inc. would be easily invisible to an average Android user browsing Google Play Store, allowing this dodgy version of the app to masquerade as a product of WhatsApp Inc.

In other hand, the titles used by the fake app maker and real WhatsApp service are different but appeared same to a user.

According to Redditors, who first spotted this fake app on Friday, the app was not a chat app; instead, it served Android users with advertisements to download other apps.

Google has now removed the fake WhatsApp Android app from its official Play Store, but this incident once again marked the tech giant's failure to spot the scam on its app platform—even for the program that had more than a million downloads.

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Google Play Store is still surrounded by hundreds of other fake and malicious apps that trick users into downloading and installing them and potentially infect their smartphones to carry out malicious things without their knowledge.

So, users are advised to be more vigilant while downloading apps not only from the third-party app store but also from official Play Store in order to protect themselves.

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