WhatsApp Virus Alert! Do not download unverified documents received over WhatsApp

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Central security services in India have issued a high alert advisory against two malicious files that are circulating on WhatsApp. These files are loaded with viruses that can steal sensitive personal and banking information stored in the victim’s phone.

Who is the prime target?
The malicious files are in the guise of Microsoft Excel or PDF file. They carry the names of NDA (National Defence Academy) and NIA (National Investigation Agency) which indicates that personnel in defence, paramilitary, and police forces could be the primary target group. Having said that, anyone who receives these files can be a target.

Watch out for files with these names
According to the advisory, these two files go by the names “NDA-ranked-8th-toughest-College-in-the-world-to-get-into.xls” and “NIA-selection-order-.xls”.

What happens when these files are opened?
Opening these files will execute the virus in the phone which will then be able to access personal data like login credentials, banking passwords, and PIN codes.

What should you do?

• Do not click on file attachments received on WhatsApp from unknown numbers. If it is from a known sender, verify what’s the document about.
• Exercise caution before clicking on links (especially those that talk about unbelievable offers) received on WhatsApp even if the sender is someone you know.
• Never click on links on messages to access online banking or shopping portals.
• Install an antivirus app that can block harmful apps and viruses from getting installed on your phone.

If you think this post is helpful, then share it with your friends. Stay safe!

 

Sources:
https://www.ibtimes.co.in/whatsapp-2-virus-files-being-spread-through-messages-that-can-hack-phone-details-710595
https://www.ptinews.com/news/8238982_Defence–security-forces-alerted-against-Whatsapp-virus.html

Rajiv Singha

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Kalpa B
Kalpa B
4 years ago

Mr Rajiv, First of all I would like to wish you a prosperous year ahead, may you have a blessed 2017. Coming to the article I would say that it was both informative and well written. As we are moving towards digitization it is important for all of us to know what are the things to do and not to do as well. Your article has done exactly that. I hope you continue to educate us with regard to the existing problems which may make their way silently into our mobile devices and how to stay alert and avoid them.… Read more »

Ajay
Ajay
4 years ago

nice information

rvsheorey@gmail.com
rvsheorey@gmail.com
4 years ago

thank you son rajib i am 70 now and learning the new technology of what asap and mobile operations
pl keep me posted regularly
thanks again

Mallikarjun Talikoti
Mallikarjun Talikoti
4 years ago

Thank you

Jason
Jason
4 years ago

Thank You for the important Msg

Bhanu singh
Bhanu singh
4 years ago

sir, good news for us.

Avdhesh kumar meena
Avdhesh kumar meena
4 years ago

bioethics

Padam Bahadur Chetry
Padam Bahadur Chetry
4 years ago

Thanking you for post this valuable article to aware the users and save the secret data security. This information is very much useful for all of users, they are always in transaction over the phone and also internet.

Gaurav barot
Gaurav barot
4 years ago

Nice

Santanu mahapatra
Santanu mahapatra
4 years ago

It is the best antyvirus

ANSUMAY DATTA
ANSUMAY DATTA
4 years ago

Very important information..

Manish Nayak
Manish Nayak
4 years ago

Thank You for the information. it is important for all.

swapnil mundhare
swapnil mundhare
4 years ago

thanks for such good information.

santanu sil
santanu sil
4 years ago

Thanks sir for your informations.

Surashree
Surashree
4 years ago

Thanks for the information. It was extremely vital.

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dattawavhal13@gmail.com
4 years ago

Very important information

Kalyan Kalita
Kalyan Kalita
4 years ago

thank you for the first time quickheal

Vishal
Vishal
4 years ago

Thank you

pradeep kumar patel
pradeep kumar patel
4 years ago

Give me way to protect my whatsapp from viruses

Ram Dev Paswan
Ram Dev Paswan
4 years ago

Thanks

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