According to a report published at Daily News & Analysis, Kandivli-resident Komal Panchamatia’s Whatsapp account was hacked on Wednesday after she got in contact with the attacker via a New Year greeting message sent by him.
Despite WhatsApp recently having upgraded its security features and encrypting person-to-person messages, attackers are still on the prowl.
A police official told DNA that the attacker had sent Pachamatia two messages on WhatsApp, one wishing her a happy New Year and the other asking her to copy a text message received on her device and send it back to the attacker.
The latter text, which she was asked to copy, consisted of the six digit pin that WhatsApp sends to verify the number.
“We will register a complain for hacking and impersonation under relevant sections of Information Technology Act. So far we have managed to recover the account of the victim and have started tracking the activities of the person through technical assistance,” Sachin Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police told DNA.
Talking to DNA, Panchamatia said, “My friend later posted on various social media platforms that my WhatsApp account had been hacked after which the culprit deactivated the number on WhatsApp.”
The police are currently tracking the Paytm account details that were used by the hacker.
Recently, another WhatsApp message — related to NDA and NIA — reportedly containing a virus which extracts data out of your mobile phone was doing rounds and people were warned not to download the link attached to that message.