In the last few weeks, many WhatsApp users have seen their account hacked, how someone managed to take control of the application, blocking our access and allowing the hacker to access our contacts.
To do this, the attacker needs to know your email number, as they will use it to try to install WhatsApp. The moment he asks for the SMS code, he will contact you in some way so that you finally give it to him, like this:
– Hello dad, it’s me from Martina’s cell phone. My phone battery is dead and I need a code to complete a payment here, I told them to send it to you. Did you get it? Give it to me?
Logically, not even the “it’s me” makes sense, nor do they speak of this “Martina” from the cell phone.
Very few people fall into this trap but when one falls the ball starts rolling as the hacker impersonates you to scam your contacts with similar phrases and this time he won’t do it from an unknown number, he will do it with your account.
The fact is, for this all to work, the hacker needs to have your name and phone number, and it’s getting easier and easier.
According to cybernews.com, 487 million phone numbers and WhatsApp data stolen this year with real users have been put up for sale.
WhatsApp hasn’t officially confirmed it, but it won’t be long before it does.
It’s not the first time that Meta, owner of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has suffered from such a problem. Not long ago, more than 500 million people had their data stolen from Facebook. So if we add up the various data thefts from different platforms over the past few years, the chances that one or more hackers have your personal information are very high.
Recommendation: Be careful with everything, emails, texts, messages… When in doubt, call and listen to their voice, it’s harder for someone to fool with your voice (although it’s not impossible).
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