New Delhi, Jan 6, News24 Bureau: The WhatsApp Gold message is back again after about two years. This was a WhatsApp message, which contained a malware link. It was said in the message that an upgraded version of WhatsApp has come up - 'Wattsapp Gold', in which you can send messages to 100 people simultaneously, hold video chats and delete them even after several hours of sending a message.
But as soon as anyone clicks on the link in that message, the message would take them to a website where there are many malware (software which is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain authorized access to a computer system). This malware steals a lot of personal data by logging into your mobile. The hoax, which went viral in 2016, is doing the rounds again.
These days, another message is increasingly becoming viral on the WhatsApp, which said that "Today the radio was talking about WhatsApp Gold and it is true. There is a video that will be released tomorrow on WhatsApp and is called Martinelli. Do not open it. Enter your phone and nothing you do will fix it. Spread the message if you know someone. If you receive a message to update Whatsapp Gold Do not open it! They just announced that the virus is serious. Send it to everyone.”
This message was also viral during April 2018. But the message is only spreading fear among the users, nothing such as ‘Martinelli’ exists and it doesn’t have any malware link attached to it.
However, many took to Twitter to warn others and share the same.
Cyber Security firm Sophos said, “it’s only half rubbish. It’s a cocktail of one shot of bogus and one shot of authentic “yikes!”. It means that the Martinelli video doesn’t exist, but WhatsApp Gold is certainly something to beware of.
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