CYBERSECURITY experts are warning WhatsApp users about a new scam that could be used by cyber criminals to take over your account.
The scam is used by hackers to bypass the messaging app’s security features to gain access to a WhatsApp account without being detected by the user.
This latest vulnerability was uncovered by the founder of cybersecurity forecasting company CloudSEk, Rahul Sasi, according to a tech manager’s Facebook post reported by the Times of India.
To carry out the scam, hackers call a WhatsApp user and ask them to dial another number.
The number they must dial is part of a service request line for the user’s wireless service provider that triggers a call forwarding function.
In doing so, the user is tricked into accidentally forwarding their calls to the hacker’s number.
According to Sasi, once a WhatsApp user falls for the call forwarding scam, it’s game over.
When dialing the number, the user is automatically logged out of WhatsApp.
Once the user is logged out, control of their account is completely handed over to the cyber criminal.
This is because with the call forwarding feature, the hacker is able to redirect WhatsApp registration steps to their own phone.
Once the hacker has gotten the WhatsApp registration options, they can take control of the person’s WhatsApp account.
“The same trick can be used to hack anyone’s Whatsapp account if the attacker has physical access to your phone and permission to make a call,” Sasi wrote in the Facebook post.
“Each country and service provider has a similar service request number, so this trick works globally.”
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