Don’t Download this WhatsApp File – It Wants to Steal from M-PESA Users


Most users know that downloading unknown attachments or opening strange links is usually a dangerous thing to do, but every now and then it may slip our mind. It’s not easy to always be on your toes when it comes to protecting yourself from malware – especially on platforms you’re not used to being dangerous.

While the COVID-19 pandemic sinks its teeth into Africa, there’s now a trojan malware making its rounds in Kenya through WhatsApp users, reports Gadgets Africa.

The malware poses as a free YouTube app and once downloaded it goes to work on Android devices, initially sending texts to all of your contacts and then asking for admin permissions to wipe or reformat your memory card.

The file in question is called “free youtube.apk”, which is suspicious in its own right as YouTube apps on iOS and Android are already free.

Sourced from Gadgets Africa

Once it has permission, the virus will text every one of your contacts and ask them to send $0.49 (KES 50) via M-PESA to a certain number. The low amount may seem insignificant, but if 10 contacts actually send the money – the thieves behind the con could easily be making nearly $50 (KES 5000) every few hours.

Sourced from Gadgets Africa

Malware During COVID-19

As the world reels against the global pandemic, cybercriminals continue to take advantage of users who either seek information about the virus itself or are facing a new challenge in working from home.

Now, the internet is more dangerous than ever and users are warned to continue to protect themselves from any activity they may think is suspicious. Those seeking accurate information should continue to go through known and trusted sources before attempting to find new sources of information on the virus and the pandemic.

Cybersecurity options are available, and employers should inform their employees about the inherent risks of working from home, to protect themselves and each other.

Edited by Luis Monzon

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