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The cloned WhatsApp app records audio and video and uses it to spy on Indians

The globe uses WhatsApp for chat, according to statistics. Around 1.2 billion people use the app daily to interact with one another, exchanging everything from private information about their personal lives to trade secrets.

Most of the time, they can do this worry-free because WhatsApp offers safe end-to-end encryption, a feature that essentially prevents hackers from accessing user data. However, despite this security, there remains a hidden threat that very few smartphone users are aware of. It turns out that others can simply eavesdrop on your WhatsApp chats without even the slightest hacking skills if you let your focus wander for even a few periods. We walk you through several options for doing this.

A recent investigation has warned that India is one of the countries with the highest number of Android malware detections and that a cloned, third-party, unapproved version of WhatsApp is leading the country in terms of spying on people’s chats. According to a study by the cyber-security firm ESET, a large portion of Android spyware detection in the preceding four months was caused by “GB WhatsApp,” a well-known but cloned third-party version of WhatsApp.

These malicious programmers can record audio and video in addition to having many other surveillance features. According to the study, copies of the cloned program that are available on other download websites are laden with malware because they are not on Google Play, where there are security checks in place for authentic WhatsApp.

From May to August 2022, India (35%) came in second place after China (53%) as the geo-location for the largest Internet of Things (IoT) botnet known as Mozi.
Between May and August, the number of bots in the IoT botnet “Mozi” decreased by 23%, from 500,000 compromised devices to 383,000.

Nevertheless, China and India remained to have the most IoT bots that were geo-located inside of their respective nations. According to the research, these numbers support the idea that the Mozi botnet has been operating autonomously since its alleged creator was apprehended in 2021.

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