Pro-ISIS Outlet Warns: 'WhatsApp Pink' Is Fake, Malicious, Steals User Data

June 7, 2022

On June 3, 2022, a pro-Islamic State (ISIS) outlet specializing in disseminating information security tips published an article in English and Arabic on the ISIS-operated Rocket.Chat server warning against the use of an application called "WhatsApp Pink." The article claimed the app is fake and has no relation to WhatsApp, despite its similar logo.

It stated: "[WhatsApp Pink is] a malicious application that can steal your data once it is installed and allow hackers to access your phone." The article further noted that a message was sent to some users with a link to "WhatsApp Pink" saying it is identical to WhatsApp, but with a pink interface and new features. "However, instead of making any changes to the original WhatsApp app, the link leads to a page with the option to download the malicious WhatsApp Pink app" said the article, adding: "This is not the first time that a fake version of WhatsApp has been circulated, as in the past users were attacked through the WhatsApp Gold application which was also created by some hackers to maliciously obtain user data."

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