Fake Whatsapp Was Downloaded More Than 1 Million Times From Google Play

  • Fake Whatsapp Was Downloaded More Than 1 Million Times From Google Play

Fake Whatsapp Was Downloaded More Than 1 Million Times From Google Play

While access to be a part of the early tester for the app is closed at the moment, Google Files Go seems to be available for download at the APK Mirror where the installer version is available.

"Malicious app developers have proven to be very resourceful in the past, and this incident with WhatsApp is no different", Arsene told SearchSecurity.

This is not the first time Google Play Store users have been exposed to malware.

As far as fakes go, this was virtually undetectable to the average user - other than through the obvious way that Whatsapp is usually updated directly when the app is already on your phone.

Files Go is an unreleased (at this point in time) file manager by Google for Android whose primary goal is freeing up storage space on Android devices, and managing files. The app is now available only for limited users of Android devices and yet not announced as a stable version for public. The Files tab, on the other hand, works just as a simple file management app and lists sources such as Downloads, Received files, Images, Videos, and Documents.

Yes, we know, file managers for Android have been dime a dozen for years, with nearly every device wither having one of those pre-loaded.

Scroll down and tap the app you want to delete.

In the review section for the app, one Android user wrote: "Why do Google allow this type of fake apps on playstore to do business". You can do so by swiping right on the cards.

The fake app even used the official WhatsApp logo and had a high user rating of 4.2 stars. The app can be refreshed to show updated data by pulling down in the "storage" tab. It'll also suggest removing apps that it looks like you aren't using anymore. You have to wait for some more days or may be weeks to see this app live in the market. The app has since been pulled, but can be sideloaded as an APK file.