A fake and maybe malicious version of Facebook-owned WhatsApp was encountered hiding on Google Play Store as “Update WhatsApp Messenger” with developer epithet as’ WhatsApp Inc *’.
When IANS checked it on the Play Store, we find the app has been downloaded up to 5,000 hours. There is another version under the same name which has a million downloads.
The original WhatsApp has 1 billion downloads.
The existence of the shady application was first highlighted by the popular WhatsApp change tracking website WABetaInfo, via Twitter user @ MujtabaMHaq, IB Times reported late on Thursday.
According to the report, a version of popular mobile play Temple Run 2 can also be found which was uploaded in October.