MADRID, 3 Ago. – –
The cybersecurity company ESET has warned of a new attack detected in the last hours that it is looking for steal users’ account on the WhatsApp messaging platform with the sending of a fraudulent SMS.
The cybercriminals behind the threat posing as WhatsApp technical support and they contact the user via SMS message to inform you that your phone number, the one linked to this service, has been registered in a new account.
Next, and to verify that the person they are addressing is the owner of the account, the cybercriminals ask you to send them a six.digit security code that you will receive via SMS.
If the victim sends the six.digit code to verify their identity you have totally lost control over your WhatsApp account and cybercriminals will be able to log in with your phone number. That is, they can steal your account and impersonate the victim.
ESET urges users of this application to be attentive for the possible reception of this type of SMS. In case you see it in your inbox, they advise that remove it immediately “with the aim of avoiding a security breach”, as they point out in a statement.
They also remember that it is impossible for the potential victim’s number to be used to register a new account, since WhatsApp only allows you to have one account per registered phone number.