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Fraudsters abuse WhatsApp number verification tool to scam people

cyber crime, phishing

Criminals can hijack WhatsApp accounts by social engineering their way into getting the phone number verification code, an advisory released by Maharashtra Cyber reveals. Mumbai Mirror first reported this. When a user installs WhatsApp, they have to provide a mobile number which is verified through a verification code sent to the number. This process is repeated if a user changes their phone but not the number. As per the advisory, in this attack, “the hacker knows your mobile number and this whole series of attacks starts with one person (Mr. A), giving out his verification code and allowing his account to be hijacked”. Once the fraudster has access to Mr A’s WhatsApp account, they also have access to his contacts and groups. The fraudsters figure out the most contacted people on Mr A’s list and message them, as Mr A,…

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