WhatsApp holiday greetings used in cyberattacks

Malware hijacks users’ browsers and exposes data to harvesting by hackers

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
29th December, 2019
WhatsApp holiday greetings used in cyberattacks
Dorcas Réamonn of Zonua: ‘only a matter of time’ before scam is replicated in English. Picture: Maura Hickey

A new online threat has been identified by the Dublin-based IT consultancy Zonua which is targeting those sending messages for Christmas and the new year.

The form of malware uses WhatsApp to send greetings along with a link, but then hijacks the user’s browser to install phishing software and malware. This type of malicious attack leaves a user’s data vulnerable to being harvested by hackers.

At present the attack is only...

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