Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Incredible!- Fake whatsapp hits more than 1 million downloads from Google Play- Oshetech

How on earth was this whatsapp counterfeit able to find its way to Google Play? Does this mean the tech-giant Google no longer consider the safety of app users downloading from Google Play?
Well, all I can say is they should improve their working intelligence to always fulfil their promise of providing full-time security for us.

Now on Google search, the most popular messaging network, whatsapp is now available in so many different apk files even being ranked on Google's first-page search result. Distinguishing these fake versions of whatsapp is now a die-hard task for us, they almost look so similar in so many ways.

Recently, one of the fake versions of WhatsApp messenger app has been identified after hitting more than 1 million downloads from Google Play, users of this fake whatsapp should be more than 1 million because I believe some website owners might also have released the APK file on their platform for people to download as well. This fake whatsapp is almost indistinguishable from the original app owned and controlled by the popular Google competitor, Facebook. It bears the same name “ WhatsApp Inc.” and has the same four-star review as the original WhatsApp on Google Play.

Some users of this fake whatsapp reported that they had it installed on their Android devices for the aim of messaging across the world but instead, they got wound up with a bundle of adverts. Remember, ads have never been included on whatsapp ever since the beginning of its existence.

Thanks to Reddit users who were smart enough to identify this misleading copy of WhatsApp messenger on Google Play. Lucky for us, an invisible space character placed after the copied ‘WhatsApp Inc' was identified making it easily distinguishable from the original WhatsApp Inc.

The developer’s name of this fake whatsApp is unknown. However, the criminal later changed the name of the app to “Dual Whatsweb Update” and removed the misleading developer title “"WhatsApp Inc."

But presently, this misleading WhatsApp has been removed from Google Play. According to a Google Spokesman, “ I can confirm that the app was removed from Google Play and the developer account was suspended for violating our program policies”.

Having read this, are you sure you're using the Facebook-owned WhatsApp application on your mobile phone? Remember advertisements are not served on WhatsApp, if you happen to notice such activity running on your installed WhatsApp, then definitely it’s not the actual app.
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I am Charles Omoregie, a unique tech blogger who's motive is to share useful tech tips and impact knowledge to the world. Technology has always being my passion and i enjoy writing articles about it


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