How Hackers Hack Your WhatsApp
WhatsApp introduced WhatsApp Web for its users where they have to scan a QR code from their WhatsApp on mobile and then they can start using WhatsApp from their desktop or laptop in the same way they do it on their mobile phones.
WhatsApp Web is the gateway for unscrupulous individuals and companies to phish personal data, financial details, confidential information, pictures, videos, and chats from WhatsApp accounts of people.
They do it easily, just by:
1.Scrapping the QR code from the WhatsApp Web
2.Posting that scrapped QR Code onto their phishing site / page
3.Asking visitors on their phishing page to scan it from WhatsApp on their phone, in return offering some prize, cash or anything that can lure a user
4.Once the user is done with scanning, these phishing individuals or companies get complete access to the user’s WhatsApp
The technically savvy readers can download and examine the source code for phishing on whatsApp here: https://github.com/Mawalu/whatsapp-phishing
Most of the 1 billion WhatsApp users are not technically savvy to realize that a parallel connection to their WhatsApp account gets created the moment they scan a QR Code on a non-whatsApp site from their WhatsApp application. Try explaining that to your mother !
How WhatsApp Web Works:
1.User log onto web.whatsapp.com from their desktop
2.Scan the QR code on the page from WhatsApp on mobile
3.Get connected to WhatsApp via desktop / laptop
What Phishing Individuals and Companies are doing:
1.User is taken on a fraudulent website
2.The website requires user to scan a QR code from WhatsApp
3.Once scanned, the fraudulent website gets access to user’s WhatsApp account
What all can get stolen:
1.Anything & everything that you have shared via WhatsApp, like bank details, passwords, private pics, personal messages, etc.
2.Your entire contacts list
3.Your complete chat data
4.Your personal information
All this data can now be accessed by these phishing individuals and companies. Imagine what all they can do with this data?
Moreover, they can send messages to any contact on your phone posing as you. For example:
1.Inappropriate messages to your professional contacts
2.Indecent messages to your family
Protect yourself from this WhatsApp Hack