Sneakily, the malware makes its way into WhatsApp on your smartphone. You should know that.
Malware can find its way to your smartphone to the left or to the right. It is the manufacturers’ responsibility to protect your device with updates for the Software. But you too must stay informed to keep malicious parties out. In this regard, this new form of malware via WhatsApp is interesting to watch out for.
What is going on? In the Play store from Google, a new app was launched under the name FlixOnline. The app is one of a kind Netflix, but it certainly is not. The malware is sent via automatic messages sent to other smartphones via WhatsApp. It is completely automatic and without your knowledge. This was all discovered by security researchers from Checkpoint.
The malicious parties hope that the recipient on WhatsApp opens the malware and the smartphone can be infected and infiltrated. Victims who receive the WhatsApp message are offered to try Netflix for free for two months. It sounds very appealing, of course, but it’s a scam.
After being notified by Check Point, Google removed the app from the Play Store. Nonetheless, the app has been on the Play Store for two months and the app has been downloaded around 500 times during that time. So if you get vague text on Netflix free for two months, you know what to do. Ignore and report to the sender!