A new chain letter has appeared on the WhatsApp Messenger. This makes some WhatsApp users nervous. There is hardly a WhatsApp user who has not already received a chain letter. The annoying mass messages are often used to spread fake news or false scams. A message that regularly deals with WhatsApp and warns of a supposed hacker.
Are Chain Letters Dangerous?
Chain letters have been circulating on the internet for years, details like the names are constantly being changed. The message warns that if the contact is added, the smartphone would be infected by a virus. But what is really there about the warnings from the chain letter? Let’s take the content apart little by little.
Adding a contact alone cannot spread a virus via WhatsApp. The warning that the “entire hard disk” would be destroyed is nonsense. As it is known, smartphones do not have hard drives, but flash memory and even if a hacker should have full access to it, which is very unlikely, cannot simply delete it completely. On the other hand, a hacker with access to the memory pulls the data down is another variant.
How Can WhatsApp Become Really Vulnerable?
Here we leave out the fact that WhatsApp can also be attacked by downloading malware from the App Store or from the internet. Because this can happen with any app. Instead, it’s about how an attacker can hack you in a scenario similar to that described in the chain letter. WhatsApp has not only shown many security gaps in the past, but also suffers from massive data protection problems that make it easier to infiltrate malware. The very fact that anyone who has your WhatsApp-linked number can also send calls and messages gives hackers plenty of options.
Despite the fake issues, WhatsApp users should only chat with people they know or who are trustworthy. If someone in the family or friends believes in a chain letter, it helps to kindly inform the unsettled sender that there is nothing in the supposed warning. And above all, you should also listen carefully to code requests via WhatsApp.