Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE - 2 years ago
  • More than one million people are believed to have downloaded a malicious, fake version of Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp messaging app from the Google Play store.
  • First spotted by users on Reddit, the app, dubbed “Update WhatsApp Messenger” was listed as coming from “WhatsApp Inc.,” the official name of the Facebook-owned company.
  • The malicious app itself did provide some basic messaging functionality but primarily acted as a way to trick users into clicking third-party ads and to download malicious software.
  • While the app has since been removed from Google Play, the fact it was listed long enough to have over one million people download it once again raises questions about Google’s efforts to stop fake and malicious apps being listed.