Tackle the Latest WhatsApp Takeover Hack

Cyber criminals have discovered a sneaky way of accessing your WhatsApp via your voicemail

Day by day, cyber criminals are getting more cunning with their methods of hacking. The latest WhatsApp takeover is certainly no exception. 

While you’re asleep, the hacker will attempt to login to your WhatsApp account. A text message will be sent to your phone with a code, including the warning “Do not share this”. You’d think this would be as far as it could go… Yet the hacker will simply click the option saying the text didn’t arrive and ask for verification by phone. 

If you sleep with your phone on silent – as many of us do – or simply don’t have your phone beside you, WhatsApp will call you and you will miss it, sending it to voicemail. This voicemail will contain the very code that the hacker is seeking out. 

The next step is accessing the voicemail. If you still have your default pin code, chances are this is the last four digits of your phone number. And so, just like that, the hacker can now break into your voicemail and take note of the code required to login to your WhatsApp. 

After logging in, they will set up a two-factor authentication pin code on your WhatsApp, preventing you from logging back in. As WhatsApp’s account recovery process can take several days, the hacker has plenty of time to trick your contacts into sending money, opening malicious files, blackmailing with sent/received content – the list goes on! 

So, how can you avoid a WhatsApp account takeover? 

The first step is to make sure your voicemail pin code is not the default pin code, and not something simple like “1234” or “1212”. 

After that, set up two-factor authentication on WhatsApp. Open WhatsApp Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable. Then enter a 6 digit number to use as your WhatsApp pin code, followed by a reliable email address. Again, make sure you don’t use anything simple like “123456”. 

Two-factor authentication can be a pain at times – we know! But it’s those couple of extra seconds it takes to type in a code that may well prevent you and your contacts from an enormous cyber attack. Don’t take the risk. 

Want to find out more about how to keep your devices secure? Get in touch with our multi-award-winning IT team for advice and all the latest cyber security products.

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