In Singapore already, and sure to spread. Malaysia next?
A nasty malware masking as a 7-Eleven voucher is spreading via WhatsApp in S’pore
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015
Over the past few years, there has been a rise in mobile malware, which are software built to attack mobile operating systems. You might have heard of some common malware genres such as spyware, adware, trojans, and viruses. These are commonly injected into your smartphones through pop-ups or clickbait-y links.
And it seems as though a nasty malware has been spreading among WhatsApp users in Singapore over the past few days. It masks itself as a bitly link to a 7-Eleven voucher, and when you click on the link, it sends you to a dummy page which appears to be harmless. In actual fact, your device has already been infected with the malware. It’s likely to be spamming your contacts with the fake 7-Eleven bitly link as you read this.
If you come across this malicious link – or any other suspicious links, for that matter – what you should do is ask your friend what the content of the links are first, before clicking on it. Once your device gets infected, the malware will most likely piggyback on your network to spam your contacts, and it could be hard to remove the malware from your phone.