Tell Your Parents WhatsApp Gold Isn't a Real Thing

By Gary Cutlack on at

Users of messaging tool WhatsApp are today's malicious hacker target of choice, with some finding out to their delight that they've been chosen to test a new version of the app called WhatsApp Gold. Only, of course, it's a scam.

The invitation message reads: "Hey. Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked. This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too," with the app claiming to offer enhanced features such as video chats and the option to delete messages from the devices of recipients once they've been sent -- handy for de-escalating arguments.

Oh but yes it's not a real thing. We're unable to find anyone out there who's actually been stupid enough to fall for it, but reports claim it leads to "malware" of a sort that might put stuff on your phone, steal your passwords and send them all off to Russia or China, where someone will assume your identity, come over here, kill you, and continue leading your life, spending your money, eating your cheese, sitting on your chair and so on. So be careful.

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