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WhatsApp 'You Just Got an Audio Recording' Malware


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According to this email, which purports to be from messaging service WhatsApp, you have received an audio recording.

The subject line of the email includes a name derived from the first part of your email address.

The email also contains a random first and last name that you may assume belongs to the sender.

Supposedly, the promised audio recording is included in an attached .zip.

The .zip file contains a malicious file that - if opened - can install malware on your computer.

Once installed, this malware may download even more malware and steal sensitive information such as passwords from the infected computer. It may also allow criminals to take control of the infected computer and use it for further criminal activities.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.

The message is similar to an earlier malware campaign that claimed that you could hear a new WhatsApp voice mail by clicking a 'play' button in the message.

   

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From: WhatsApp
Subject: [Recipaint's name], You just got an audio recording


[random first and last name]

Attachment: [random name + number].zip


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Last updated: May 15, 2015
First published: May 15, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
WhatsApp 'New Voicemail' Malware Email
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