One of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message is back in India: 12 things to know

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What can be called as the biggest hoax message circulated over WhatsApp– WhatsApp Gold message, is back to spread panic among users. Interestingly, there are several variants of the message. While some messages could redirect you to link, other versions of the same message could be a hoax message. Here is everything you need to know.

​Don’t download any app called WhatsApp Gold or click on any links related to it
The WhatsApp Gold message urges users to download ‘an update’ for the messaging app which in reality is a malware, says Venkat Krishnapur, Vice President of Engineering and Managing Director, McAfee India.

​India is the prime target of hackers spreading WhatsApp Gold ‘virus’

WhatsApp has a user base of over 200 million in India, which means that there is a high possibility of maximum impact being borne by Indian users, resulting in huge volumes of personal data being compromised, adds Krishnapur.

​Security company McAfee has warned against WhatsApp Gold

The ‘WhatsApp Gold’ fiasco which first struck in 2016 has recently resurfaced in India where people are being sent WhatsApp messages urging them to download ‘an update’ for the messaging app which in reality is a malware. WhatsApp has a user base of over 200 million in India, which means that there is a high possibility of maximum impact being borne by Indian users, resulting in huge volumes of personal data being compromised,” says Venkat Krishnapur, Vice President of Engineering and Managing Director, McAfee India.

​WhatsApp Gold ‘virus’ has various forms, one message claims exclusive features

The WhatsApp Gold link is advertised with features like sending 100 photos to users at once, or the ability to delete sent messages any time.

​Another ‘variant’ of WhatsApp Gold talks about a Martinelli video

Another sample of the WhatsApp Gold message reads, “Whatsapp Gold. A video will be launched tomorrow in Whatsapp called Martinelli. DO NOT OPEN it. Its a virus which goes into your phone and nothing will fix it. Do not update to Whatsapp Gold the virus is serious.”