WhatsApp Cloning Affects more than 15,000 Brazilians A Day

The dfndr lab, a laboratory specializing in digital security at PSafe, conducted a survey on the cybersecurity scenario in Brazil for September this year and released the results last Thursday

According to the data collected, more than 473 thousand Brazilians were victims of the WhatsApp cloning scam. In the last month alone, an average of more than 15,000 people a day have been victims of this type of action. Compared to August this year, the current figure was 25% higher.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, concentrates the largest volume of attacks, with 107 thousand victims. Following, appears the state of Rio de Janeiro, with 60 thousand, and Minas Gerais with 43 thousand.

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With the cell phone number and confirmation code, the cybercriminal can access the victim’s WhatsApp. After accessing the messaging application, the scammer initiates conversations with the victim’s contacts. The executive of dfnfdr lab says that, in possession of the personal data of the account owner, Social Engineering is again used to convince friends and family to do favors, aiming at financial gain.

How to protect yourself

To protect yourself from criminals who want to invade WhatsApp, one of the most efficient ways is through two-factor authentication, so it is necessary to enter a personal password in addition to the security code sent by the platform when enabling the profile on another smartphone.

Last year, eight apps infected with virus stalkers were found available for download from the Google app store, Playstore, according to an Avast survey. In total, they were downloaded more than 140 thousand times. The topic of data protection is recurrent and learning how to protect yourself needed.

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