WARNING: Hackers Are Targeting UAE Whatsapp Users
Hacking is no laughing matter. Having your personal details stolen can have serious consequences, so it’s important to know that police and security experts have advised that scammers are still attempting to take-over people’s Whatsapp accounts.
These hackers are tricking folks into opening an unassuming message, clicking a malicious file or link, which allows them access into private conversations and photos, and steal address book contacts, passwords and even card numbers. Yikes!
Sadly there’re succeeding, with residents across the UAE reporting to authorities that hackers have indeed stolen information from their accounts.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
The UAE’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) posted a notice in social media, advising what you should do if your account get hacked.
The TRA said users should remove and reinstall the instant messaging app in different times of the day. You’re also advised to alert your contacts that your account have been compromised.
“Inform relatives and friends about the hacking and urge them not to respond to any messages coming from your number on WhatsApp,” the TRA said.
You can also have your account deactivated by sending an email to WhatsApp’s technical support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the email, be sure to mention “Lost/Stolen: Please deactivate my account” and provide your phone number in the following format: +9715xxxxxx.