Ignore spam in WhatsApp

International antivirus company ESET alerts their users of popular WhatsApp messenger about new wave of spam.

WhatsApp mobile application in April 2015 overcomes the threshold of 800 million active users monthly. Jan Koum, the founder and CEO of the service, performed this information. According to predictions of present owners (in February 2014 Facebook has acquired the messenger), till the end of 2015 the number of users overcomes 1 milliard people.

In last several days, WhatsApp users actively redirect to each other messages that the service in near future becomes chargeable. In order to use the messenger on old terms it is necessary to confirm the status of active user by redirecting the notification to 10 people you are chatting with. The initial message is allegedly coming from Jim Balsamic, CEO of WhatsApp.

«Please do not ignore this message. Otherwise, your WhatsApp account will be dropped out in 49 hours, – said in spam distribution. – If you wish to reactivate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of $25 will be added to your money bill. WhatsApp team appreciate you for cooperation».

The similar spam distribution were active among Russian speaking users of WhatsApp in 2013. At that time, the unknown authors claimed that user who do not confirm their status should pay 0.01 euro for every new message.

The current terms of WhatsApp usage are performed on official site of application. At the present time the messenger is available for download and use for free during first year of usage. Then the description fee comprises $0.99 annually. At that the program deletion and reinstallation does not cancel subscription.

KZ-CERT suggest ignore spam and thus do not spend time for its redirection. Current distribution about WhatsApp is harmless and lead only to traffic consumption, however such messages may contain malicious links.