Hackers are increasingly targeting smartphones than desktop computers, as more people get comfortable doing more tasks on their phone. Tasks they traditionally did on desktop computers, on which they were security conscious and had put up security software to keep hackers at bay.
However, that same level of safety consciousness does not seem to exist when people are using their phones. Hackers are increasingly becoming aware that targeting smartphones is comparatively easier than targeting desktop computers. WhatsApp, the popular messaging service is proving to be an easy way for a hacker to get access to your private information.
With its over a billion users worldwide, hackers are sending links and files over the messaging app. They do so in a manner that dupes the receiver into thinking it is a message from a government official or a credible organization. This form of duping is said to have started in India, where people were getting messages with files send to them from numbers that mimicked official government bodies and organizations.
India has recorded the highest numbers of such cyber-attacks, with little to no other reported incidences outside that country. …read more