You will be notified of cyberattacks on your WhatsApp account with a simple message, and without complex hacker attacks, they can easily remove them.
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This article has been translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.
That year, the arrival of the pandemic resulted in people engaging in activities online or through internet platforms. These changes brought new scams and that is why you need to be careful and careful about cyberattacks.
Among the many cyber crimes, a new one has recently emerged, created through a mechanism that the WhatsApp instant messaging app has when a user changes their cellphone and wants to transfer their account.
According to warnings from cybersecurity firm Check Point, a new breed of cyberattack has been alerted in recent weeks that robs victims of their WhatsApp accounts and takes advantage of trust in their contacts.
When someone changes phones and wants to transfer their WhatsApp account, the tech company sends SMS authentication to the previous phone number so that it can be entered. This process allows you to change the instant messaging application from one number to another. However, it also opens the door for the cybercriminal to access the victim's account.
“The first thing you need to know about this cyber attack is that the most important asset for the cybercriminal is to exploit the victim's trust. Because of this, the way this attack is carried out is based on the fact that this cybercriminal had previously managed to attack one of the victim's contacts in order to steal all the phone numbers he had, ”says the director. Check Point Technician for Spain and Portugal, Eusebio Nieva.
In this way, cyber criminals use the phone number to write in WhatsApp and request the SMS code for authentication. They later impersonate a known contact and communicate with the victim requesting the code. They argue that they made a mistake while sending.
It should be noted that recovering accounts is not easy. "The only possibility would be to talk to WhatsApp about the theft of the account and automatically cancel the account with this phone number," says the specialist.
How can I protect my account?
To prevent this type of attack, "the most important thing is that a person who receives an SMS reads it carefully," says the expert. It is also important to be very careful with the codes you send and to be aware that you should never send a code that you receive to anyone.
Recommendations to prevent hacking victims on WhatsApp:
Specialists do not recommend opening your account on shared computers and regularly checking on which devices WhatsApp web sessions are started.
The application never asks users for information through calls, WhatsApp messages or text messages.
If you need a verification code, avoid sharing it with more people. If they send you text messages from unfamiliar numbers, better block them without replying or providing any personal information.
To know more: WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with these iPhone and Android from 2021