This particular fake WhatsApp app has been down loaded more than a million times

This fake WhatsApp app has been downloaded more than a million times

We’re surrounded by hoaxes, fake information, spam, malware and… fake applications.  

A fake Android application which was disguised as an update towards the popular WhatsApp messaging service had been downloaded more than a million times from your Google Play Store.  

Named “Update WhatsApp Messenger” and produced by “WhatsApp Inc. “, the application looked pretty much identical to the recognized one. It was changed to a different title and then deleted altogether, according to the Reddit user who first flagged the situation.  

The fake app had been loaded with ads and had some program code to download a second piece of software towards the users’ devices, according to other Reddit users:

But exactly how did the developers of the harmful app managed to sneak through Search engines Play unnoticed?  

Well, this looks that they used the exact title “WhatsApp Inc. ” replacing the area with a special unicode character, the “Space”, that looks like a space.  

Here’s the legit one:  

And here’s the false:  

Very difficult to identify. 7dab 40b4%2fthumb%2f00001

fbq(‘init’, ‘1453039084979896’);
fbq(‘track’, “PageView”);



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