In a case of cyber fraud, a WhatsApp account of a Mumbai-based journalist was recently hacked by an unidentified attacker and her friends were duped of Rs.2500 via Paytm.
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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.
The hacker then gained control over her number, which was deactivated from her own device, and also to all her contacts, data, pictures and videos that were on WhatsApp.
“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.
The 30-year-old journalist got to know about the hack when her friends contacted her telling that Rs.2500 were deposited into the Paytm account that she had asked (using her hacked number).
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.”
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.